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ConfabulationViews from Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Psychology and Philosophy$
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William Hirstein

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199208913

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208913.001.0001

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Confabulation and delusion

Confabulation and delusion

(p.173) Chapter 8 Confabulation and delusion

Max Coltheart

Martha Turner

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores an intriguing similarity between confabulation and delusion, namely the tendency in both for people to seek to justify their unjustifiable false memories or false beliefs when these are challenged. It begins with five examples that are very different from each other. What unites them is that all are examples of confabulation — a view that will be defended after presenting the examples.

Keywords:   confabulation, delusion, false memories, confabulatory behaviour

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