Stories by Jessie Li

Deepfakes and false memories

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

There’s remembering. There’s forgetting. And then there’s false memory, our memory of an event that never actually happened.

Why it matters: Everyone is vulnerable to false memory. Sometimes it’s subtle: thinking you saw a yield sign when you saw a stop sign. But sometimes it’s life-altering: eyewitness testimony that leads to the wrongful conviction of innocent people.

People living on the two extremes of memory

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Most humans can rely on some aspects of memory, but some live on the extremes: those who remember everything that happens to them — or have Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM), and those who can’t remember events from their lives at all — and have Severely Deficient Autobiographical Memory (SDAM).

Why it matters: By looking at people with abnormalities in memory, neuroscientists encounter new ideas about what happens in the brain, James McGaugh, a neurobiologist at the University of California, Irvine, tells Axios.

By the numbers: The miscast story of workaholic millennials

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Viral stories on the culture of "workism" paint a picture of millennials logging 18-hour workdays.

The big picture: On average, millennials don’t work more hours than other age groups, according to an Axios-SurveyMonkey poll.