“Memory is not like a video camera,” John Coley told Boston.com. Coley, an associate professor of psychology, spoke with Boston.com after reporters questioned governor-elect Charlie Baker’s story about a fisherman.

Days before the election, Baker recounted a story in which a fisherman pressured his sons to give up football scholarships and become fishermen. But it turns out that Baker may have “misremembered” parts of the story.

Coley told Boston.com that “memory is a constructive process that involves focusing on some details and ignoring others. Over time, those details can get confused or adapted.”

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