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Confabulation: Views from Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Psychology and Philosophy

William Hirstein

Abstract

When people confabulate, they make a false claim that they honestly believe is true. The book contains countless fascinating examples of confabulatory behaviour — people falsely recalling events from their childhood, the subject who was partially blind but insisted he could see, the amputee convinced that he retained all his limbs, to the patient who believed that his own parents had been replaced by imposters. Though confabulations can result from neurological damage, they can also appear in perfectly healthy people. Yet, how can confabulators so often appear to be of sound mind, yet not see ... More

Keywords: confabulatory behaviour, childhood, clinical symptoms, neuropsychological characteristics, cognitive processes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199208913
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208913.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Hirstein, editor
Professor and Chair of Philosophy, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois, U.S.A.
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