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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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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.
More to the point, however, when the two hemispheres in split-brain patients produce conflicting behavior and the person is then asked to explain why he or she has behaved in this fashion, the left hemisphere will confabulate a reason based on its own limited information.