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false memory

n.
An imagined event that is believed to be recalled as a memory.

false memory

Psychology
A set of suggestions and cues that cause a person to believe an event occurred which in fact did not; the mechanism by which this occurs is known as “source amnesia”.

false memory

Recovered memory, repressed memory Psychiatry A series of suggestions and cues that cause a person to believe an event occurred, which in fact did not Mechanism of FM Source amnesia. See Memory, Source amnesia.

false memory

An inaccurate or incomplete remembrance of a past event. Memory accuracy, validity, and reliability are affected by the following factors: age; serious illness, injury, or psychological trauma; prolonged medication therapy or use of a substance of abuse; mental retardation; mental illness; anxiety; preoccupation; fatigue; guilt and fear of penalty; coercion; or incentive to testify falsely. These factors must be considered in the evaluation of the reliability of patient-reported memories.
See also: memory
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A study by Warwick University and Leicester University has backed up claims that False Memory Syndrome exists.
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The false memory can become so fixed that they refuse to believe it is untrue when the experiment is over.
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It is as if for Graham the Freudian term "screen memory," a false memory produced to hide a real one, is made literal, in the form of a hallucinatory celluloid fantasy of idyllic escape and artificial paradise.
A direct contrast to its inspiration then, and if - as Levy reasons - Shakespeare's play is 'like a memory we carry inside us' then Macbeth False Memory is sadly one best forgotten.
The studies constitute the beginning of a recipe for making the implausible seem plausible and sending someone down the road to developing a full-blown false memory.
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His defence rests on suggesting his accusers exhibit false memory syndrome--fictional memories suggested by psychotherapy.
consists of recovered memories and helpful comments on false memory syndrome.