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Take Photos To Remember Your Experiences? Think Again

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Take Photos To Remember Your Experiences? Think Again

Take Photos To Remember Your Experiences? Think Again

Take Photos To Remember Your Experiences? Think Again

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Your #FakeMemory

So many of our memories are informed by images of moments we don't actually remember. But they happened, right? We want to know: Do you have a fake memory based entirely on old photos you've seen of yourself? Moments you think you remember only because you've seen a picture?

Tag a photo #fakememory on Instagram and tell us the story in the caption: Where are you, why and what's special about it?

Kicking off a series that explores the relationship between human memory and photography in the age of smartphone cameras, Audie Cornish talks to psychologist Linda Henkel about whether photographs impair our memory.

"As soon as you hit click on that camera, it's as if you've outsourced your memory," Henkel says. "Anytime we kind of count on these external memory devices, we're taking away from the kind of mental cognitive processing that might help us actually remember that stuff on our own."