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The Confabulating Mind: How the Brain Creates Reality

Armin Schnider

Abstract

Confabulation denotes the recitation of memories about events and experiences that never happened. Based on multiple case examples, The Confabulating Mind provides an in-depth review of the presentations, the causative diseases, and the mechanisms of this phenomenon and compares confabulation with normal false memories, as they occur in healthy adults and children. Memory-related confabulations are compared with false statements made by patients who confuse people, places, or their own health status, as this happens in disorders like déjà vu, paramnesic misidentification, and anosognosia. One ... More

Keywords: confabulation, disorientation, Korsakoff syndrome, normal false memory, déjà vu, paramnesic misidentification, anosognosia, orbitofrontal cortex, behavioural extinction, orbitofrontal reality filtering

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198789680
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198789680.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Armin Schnider, author
Professor and Chairman of Neurorehabilitation, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University Hospital of Geneva