Memory Expert Says Humans are Built to Remember Seminal Events Like 9/11 - FOX 32 News Chicago

Memory Expert Says Humans are Built to Remember Seminal Events Like 9/11


Ever wonder why some memories stay vivid in our minds even years and years later? The memory in this case is 9/11.

Along Michigan Avenue, FOX Chicago News asked people where they were, and what they were doing on September 11. 2001

Everyone we found remembers even the small details.

FOX Chicago talked with an expert about how our brains process moments like 9/11. In this kind of case humans are built to remember. It goes back to cavemen.

"Nobody could tell you where they were September 10. But everybody remembers where they were September 11," Dr. Mark Pollack said. "And there are a number of reasons for that. We're actually wired in our brains to remember these kind of seminal sorts of events. It has survival value."

“When we are aroused, frightened or alarmed or have any kind of strong emotion related to some sort of event we release stress hormones. Those stress hormones actually help fix memories."

It was interesting to see how some of what the doctor said was reflected in comments we heard on the street.

"If you are walking outside your cave and you get attacked, you're going to remember that,” Dr. Pollack said. “You're going to remember where you were. You're going to remember the time of day."

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