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They're experiencing what psychologists call "cryptomnesia
", which literally means hidden memories - but they're not memories from another life, just ones from way back in their present one," he said.
1a and 2a: Cryptomnesia
. Brown & Murphy (1989) conducted the first experiment on cryptomnesia
, or "the presence of phenomena in normal consciousness which objectively are memories, but subjectively are not recognized as such" (p.
The mnemonic lapse, together with what might after all be a subconscious allusion to Ferenc Molnar, can be taken as another, minor, symptom of the "cryptomnesia
" attributed to Nabokov by the German scholar Michael Marr on account of the writer's having suppressed whatever memories he might have had of the German short story "Lolita," another candidate for being Dolores Haze's precursor (cf.
The history of literature is not without examples of this phenomenon, called cryptomnesia
. Another hypothesis is that Nabokov, knowing Lichberg's tale perfectly well, had set himself to that art of quotation that Thomas Mann, himself a master of it, called "higher cribbing." Literature has always been a crucible in which familiar themes are continually recast.
Goertzel misuses the word "cryptomnesia
," which normally refers to instances in which hidden memories of real events influence subsequent behavior, by using the term to describe false memories of UFO abductions.
Bose in which a boy's apparent memory from a previous life turned out to be no more than a case of "cryptomnesia