Were we in the past happier than we are today?

Can we remember the old times correctly? Or does the past look different in retrospect? Alberto Prati of University College London and Claudia Seneck of the Sorbonne in Paris sought the answer in longitudinal studies from the USA, France, Great Britain and Germany. They discovered systemic distortions of memory in tens of thousands of datasets: “People can remember how they felt, but the memory is mixed with what they are feeling today,” Pratty and Seneca report in “psychology«.

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