What is a memory really? Is it like a video in your head? A video that you play back as many times as you’d like? No, apparently not. According to a new study in the Journal of Neuroscience, memory is more like a continuous video editing process. Pinpointed at the hippocampus where all this editing occurs, the researchers from North-western University say that even your vague recollections of your love at first sight, or your 12th birthday, or your first PlayStation might all just be tricks of memory. When you think back on a memory, you might not be remembering what you felt at that time, but rather, projecting current feelings back to that memory, thereby associating the two together. Memories are continually adapting to the changing environment to help us survive, prioritize tasks, and deal with what is most important at the moment. Memory alters and adapts past events in our mind to create a scenario that might fit with the present. Memory seems to be built with the ‘now’Interestingly, none of the participants were able to get the objects in the correct place of the screen. Original memory has been affected to reflect the newer, more relevant information. In this case, they recalled the new background screen more than the first one presented to them.