Review of The Invisible Gorilla by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons.📚
I will never trust my brain again! I think this is what I take out of reading this book. Especially chapter two about the “illusion of memory.” I can see how this works with the example given in the book, where they ask the question what you did on nine eleven. I have a strong memory of this day, but after reading this chapter, I start to doubt it even more.
Emotional memories, like the ones we have for 9/ 11, are more likely to induce strong, vivid recall—regardless of whether they are accurate. Beware of memories accompanied by strong emotions and vivid details—they are just as likely to be wrong as mundane memories, but you’re far less likely to realize it.
And this is exactly true for me as well, I still to this day remember as being on a construction site working on installing some electrical lines and listening to the radio. But since reading this chapter, I’m not sure if this recollection is actually accurate or if I’m mixing things up here – and I fear it’s the latter option.
The book finished way to fast, and I was a bit surprised that I hit the final chapter of the book when the progress meter still showed 70%. The book is closed off with an excellent summary of all the illusions. I thought that the example in the last chapter was a bit weak but it is a good book, and I liked reading it.