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confabulate

(kən-făb′yə-lāt′)
intr.v. confabu·lated, confabu·lating, confabu·lates
Psychology To fill in gaps in one's memory with fabrications that one believes to be facts.

con·fab′u·la′tion n.
con·fab′u·la′tor n.
con·fab′u·la·to′ry (-lə-tôr′ē) adj.
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1301, 1304-06 (2003)* One expert testified that hypnotized subjects display the same degree of suggestibility and the same tendency to confabulate or to develop unwarranted confidence in their memories as witnesses who undergo traditional interrogation techniques.
But she can articulate a principle and spot a phony a mile away, and is just as wise to the playacting in her own community--the grocer who won't marry her mother, the ex-con who designates himself her protector, the tutor desperate for a kiss--as she is to the social workers and school psychologists the French inflict on her to confabulate a demographic.
supra note 5, at 27-28 (discussing three reasons to suspect claims of dissociative amnesia, namely, that those who make such claims tend to fit a psychological profile, including a tendency to engage in manipulative behavior; the absence of dissociation in individuals not charged with crimes but who have experienced or witnessed similarly horrifying or violent events; and research that shows that a substantial proportion of individuals in general tends to feign symptoms and confabulate stories if it serves their interests).
73) This law makes questions about the complainant's capacity to confuse fantasy and reality, or to confabulate, a routine part of a rape trial.
Then, if adventuring, shipwreck and escape from captivity were genres of literature that people liked to read about, there was also clearly a strong tendency to confabulate and to transcend experience.
2c) has been shot in an unknown place and that its authors confabulate on the flexure and an unknown to them exposure.
Thus, bias of the interviewer may encourage children to confabulate, that is, to fabricate information to fill in gaps in memory.
53-71), and short of defensible theories of how our cognitive kinematics and dynamics are organised and take place, we at best confabulate about the nature of our subjectivity (Churchland, P.
Nevertheless, the conference was adamant in ensuring that all Swiss students can fluently confabulate in at least two of the country's four official languages.
Many patients with neurological injuries who are having short-term memory problems tend to confabulate or fill in lapses in their recall with wild guesses or even what seem like delusions.
75) Furthermore, the "Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry" stated that "the hypnotized individual has a pronounced tendency to confabulate in those areas where there is little or no recollection.
Suetonius, for instance, writes that at gladiatorial spectacles the Emperor Domitian was attended by a diminutive boy dressed in scarlet with an abnormally small head, with whom he used to confabulate a great deal, and often on serious topics'.