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confabulation

 [kon″fab-u-la´shun]
unconscious filling in of gaps in memory with fabricated facts and experiences, commonly associated with organic pathology. It differs from lying in that the patient has no intention to deceive and believes the fabricated memories to be real.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

con·fab·u·la·tion

(kon'fab-yū-lā'shŭn),
The making of bizarre and incorrect responses, and a readiness to give a fluent but tangential answer, with no regard whatever to facts, to any question put; seen in amnesia and Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome.
[L. con-fabulor, pp. -fabulatus, to talk together, fr. fabula, narrative]
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confabulation

Neurology The falsification of plausible experiences and events in response to questions about situations or events that are not recalled, as a means of 'covering' gaps in memory, a finding typical of Wernicke's encephalopathy. Cf False memory.
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con·fab·u·la·tion

(kŏn-fab'yū-lā'shŭn)
The making of bizarre and incorrect responses, and a readiness to give a fluent but tangential answer, with no regard whatever to facts, to any question put; seen in amnesia, presbyophrenia, and Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome.
[L. con-fabulor, pp. -fabulatus, to talk together, fr. fabula, narrative]
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confabulation

The recounting of fictitious and repetitive, but often plausible, detail of past events to cover gaps in the memory. This is common in various forms of dementia and is most characteristic of the alcohol-induced KORSAKOFF'S SYNDROME.
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Confabulation

An attempt to fill in memory gaps by fabricating information or details.
Mentioned in: Korsakoff's Syndrome
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Related to confabulation is the tendency to 'fill in the blanks" where there is no dementia and no logical reason to do so.
These findings are important as they provide evidence on confabulations in KS for memory for real-life events, confabulations that have mainly been observed in laboratory studies.
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In Section 3 we propose an expert system for the automatic segmentation and classification of Mediterranean landscape images, which we will refer to as the cogent confabulation based (CCB) expert system.
Such confabulation was what Jay and Billy had gently suggested.
Their confabulation's content consists of classic western dialogue, political addresses given by Bush and Charlton Heston, 50 Cent lyrics, and even a line from the 1982 movie Rambo: First Blood: "Live for nothing, or die for something." If not for the list of quotations available just outside the gallery, only the most astute aficionado of westerns and the nightly news would be able to parse the references, although the tenor of the dialogue is evident.
This militates against truthful recall and favors confabulation.
Within such an approach moral reasoning in these cases is seen merely as a post hoc confabulation following some explicit demand for the justification of the occurring judgment.
Who would have thought it possible that the beloved Magic Kingdom would so soon after Walt Disney's passing turn into a Wicked Empire that hires a convicted child molester to direct a movie, recruits an open lesbian and an avowed homosexual to top executive positions, publishes openly pro-homosexual books directed toward youngsters, injects subliminal pornographic images into its animated movies, produces a children's animated epic with sub rosa homosexual characters, and sponsors an annual homosexual confabulation at Disney World that subjects unsuspecting families to the rowdy and raunchy activities of hordes of deviants?
She was discharged to inpatient rehabilitation therapy after 3 months, remaining wheelchair bound with severe Korsakoff's amnesia, confabulation and poor attention.
They include cognitive and memory problems such as confusion, impaired attention and concentration; difficulty in processing new information, confabulation, apathy, depression and irritability.
As a pathology, it is distinct from a belief based on false or incomplete information, confabulation, dogma, illusion, or other effects of perception.