False memory

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In psychology, false memory refers to the recollection of an event, or the details of an event, that did not occur. Topics related to false memory include

  • False memory syndrome, a condition in which a person's identity and relationships are affected by strongly believed but false memories of traumatic experiences
  • Source-monitoring error, an effect in which memories are incorrectly attributed to different experiences than the ones that caused them
  • Misinformation effect, false memories caused by exposure to misleading information presented between the encoding of an event and its subsequent recall
  • Confabulation, the production of fabricated, distorted or misinterpreted memories without the conscious intention to deceive
  • Repressed memory, the idea that traumatic memories can be repressed and also potentially brought back through therapy, (regarded by the scientific community as false)