Preliminary results are in from a huge online experiment designed to test a flaw in the way the brain stores memories
Similar events that have a number of features in common are more difficult to remember. Photograph: Alamy
Earlier this year, we launched an online memory experiment on this blog. We had an extraordinary response. In the three weeks the experiment was live, tens of thousands of people of all ages and from all around the world took part, making it one of the biggest memory experiments ever conducted. Although we’ve only had a couple of weeks to process the responses, here’s a sneak preview of the numbers from a sample of 27,000 participants.