Can You Remember This?

I’m gonna read you a list of 15 words and after I’m done reading them, I want you to write down as many as you can remember. Ready to listen? Okay. Sour Nice Candy Honey Sugar Soda Bitter Chocolate Good Heart Taste Cake Tooth Tart Pie Okay, now pause this video and write down as many as you can without cheating. Even when you hit the point of getting stumped, close your eyes and think and you’ll likely recall a few more. Ready to reveal? Now some of you likely got the last few words that I said like Tooth, tart and pie. But did you remember the word sweet? Be honest because surprisingly the majority of people are actually likely to write down the word sweet, even though it was not on the list at all. And this is what we call a false memory. It’s a psychological phenomenon where a person remembers something that didn’t occur. Like, how many people vividly remember the Monopoly man having a monocle? He never has. Or recall hearing the phrase, “Luke, I am your father.” when he only says, “No, I am your father.” Or the evil witch saying, “Mirror mirror on the wall…” when she says, “Magic mirror on the wall…” Memories are first formed in the hippocampus of the brain, one of the only areas where brand new neurons are made regularly. This information is saved by altering neurons, and creating synapses in connections. But it’s often only focusing on the major details of your experience. So you might remember the time, place, and person, but not necessarily the colour of their hat. However, your memories aren’t perfect. If you’re introduced to new information between the time of you experiencing something, and when you try to recall it, for example, if somebody else gives you a slightly different account of how things were, it can alter, or even completely replace, your memory. And eventually these new memories gradually migrate further into the cortex, becoming your truth. And each time you think about, or misremember an event, the further you cement this new truth. This simple effect can have pretty incredible consequences, like eyewitnesses for crime, or accidents recalling false details. In fact, one study found that if they showed people a car accident, and then asked two groups, either, how fast were the cars going when they bumped into each other, or, how fast were the cars going when they smashed into each other. those who heard the word “smashed” , were more likely to report higher speeds. This same verb also made them more likely to report that they saw broken glass in the accident, even when there was none. In a similar study, a car was shown going through a stop sign, causing an accident. But if a question was asked suggesting it was a yield sign, many witnesses would confirm that it was, a yield sign. This is why eye witness accounts are less often used as evidence now, unless they are corroborated and verified. Finally, some studies have been able to successfully implant false childhood memories into test subjects. Researchers would give the subjects four short narratives describing childhood events that happened to them, but without the subjects knowing, one false memory was included about being lost in a shopping mall as a kid. and yet, 25% of the test subjects reported remembering the false event. Think your memory is better? How did this video even start? I mean, other than our logo which plays at the beginning of every video we make, can you remember what happened after that? Except, we didn’t play the logo at the beginning of this video. And if you thought we did, I just gave you a false memory. Be sure to check out our newest videos, by clicking the screen or using the links in the description. and subscribe, for some more weekly science videos every Thursday!


  1. Is it cheating if you constantly paused the video like: sour pause “sour” nice pause “sour nice” candy pause “sour nice candy”?

  2. i don't know why but i can't remember when i don't see the stuff that someone wants me to remember but if he/she/it says the thing that i was suppose to remember i will totally remember :v

  3. I know the monopoly man had no monocle, Darth Vader said "No, I am your father." Cause I'm young and I saw these things like a couple years ago.

  4. Sour
    I'm not cheating i remember that words it's easy

  5. I remembered a pie, tooth,sour, sugar, heart, tart, soda,candy,chocolate,sweet, good,taste, and nice. I am so proud!!

  6. I did sweet but not tooth tart and pie…..

    I was like wtf, i didn't watch this video before, quicly pause it and rewind!

  7. Ok so you know how he said they didn’t even use the logo in the beginning of the video.. I thought they did but when I went back to the beginning of the video.. THERE WAS NO LOGO.

  8. I DID go somewhere where there were kids and a kitten named Garfield, in my memory the kids were taught by my mom. What’s true is the kids were not students of my mothers… a memory my brain refuses to let go of.

  9. This is not right because I didn't chest and I remembered 13 out of the 15 words -_-……. I just didn't write heart or pie :/….

  10. I remembered the first few words more than the later ones because I keep repeating them in my mind while the other ones go on because I think that I'll remember the later ones. But I don't.

  11. I thought it was weird that the logo wasn't at the beginning but I've binge watching a couple of asap videos and when you said the logo played I thought that the logo didn't play in another video, not this one

  12. Sour nice candy tooth taste chocolate cake sugar bitter sweet

    I really don't know lol I'm too lazy to get a piece of paper, I probably forgot a lot.

    Edit: omg lol I thought of sweet not surprised tbh cuz they always blow my mind.

  13. I was about to write sweet…but then remembered it wasn’t on the list…so does that count as false memory

  14. So I did not think about the logo, so I didn’t get the false memory, but I also thought about the 15 words before the false memory was funneled into my brain

  15. Asap science: I played the intro
    Us: yes you did
    Asap science: you fool, you fell victim to one of the classic blunders.

  16. This has happened to me so many times where I'm like this happened and someone's like no and I'm like I don't even know what I said! 😂

  17. A sour nice candy made up of honey and sugar, with soda which was bitter . Chocolate tasted good and ate to my heart's content. I tasted cake cake, tart and pie, which can weaken my teeth!

    Got 14/15 by making up this story….yeah! I forgot cake….

  18. I got six: tart, pie, sugar, candy, nice, and cake. NOT sweet . When I considered sweet, I realized that it never said that. 😃

  19. I can confirm I was once lost in a mall and when security came one of the people who saw go out of there store said I was with to ladies and a girl even though there was only my mom and my sister and this is probably going to be lost in the sea of comments

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