Disputes over memory ownership: What memories are disputed?

M. Sheen*, S. Kemp, D. C. Rubin

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The ownership of memories is sometimes disputed, particularly by twins. Examination of 77 disputed memories, 71 provided by twins, showed that most of the remembered events are negative and that the disputants appear to be self-serving. They claim for themselves memories for achievements and suffered misfortunes but are more likely to give away memories of personal wrongdoing. The research suggests that some of the memories in which we play a leading role might in fact have been the experiences of others.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-13
Number of pages5
JournalGenes, Brain and Behavior
Issue numberS1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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