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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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So it confabulates a reason related to what it knows it did see--in other words, the chicken.
The patient often cannot recall what has just been said, but he confabulates readily, and for a while convincingly, whilst his lack of memory and his consequent uncertainty make him ready to accept propositions about his past about which he is suggestible.