Re: Remembered saturation
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The only empirical study I could find that was related to this issue had a counterintuitive finding: according to the authors, "...memories seem to literally fade: people consistently remembered visual scenes as being less vibrant than they were originally experienced,” [...] “We had expected that memories would get less accurate after a delay, but we did not expect that there would be this qualitative shift in the way that they were remembered.”
Subjects in this study looked at images, and the extent to which the findings generalize to real world experiences is an open question I would imagine.
(The published article is behind a paywall, so exactly what they did to reach their conclusions can't be evaluated without paying $35.00)