false memory

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false memory

n.
An imagined event that is believed to be recalled as a memory.
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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”.
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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.
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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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This aspect of memory has proven difficult to address in experimental studies of normal individuals, but there is an increasing interest in the light that can be shed by studies of patients with specific deficits in constructive memory. The key syndromes of interest are the paramnesic disorders of confabulation, false recognition and delusion.
It has been suggested that constructive memory is hierarchically organized (e.g.
Anomalies within the constructive memory system may result in memories that are objectively 'wrong'--even when new information appears to be registered and adequately stored (Kapur & Coughlan, 1980).
Barnard and Teasdale (1991) suggested that depression may influence the thematic framework level of the constructive memory system (a level that they term 'schematic mental models').

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