Fabricated Memory-Making

By: Adam Luqman

Why did I choose this Topic?

I chose this topic because I am actually very interested in it. I have heard stories of and experiences about this Neurological problem and I wanted to research more about it. The research will help me because I can gain some knowledge about it and it could help others because it can also educate them about Confabulations. It may show how to understand it and deal with it. I hope this flyer will help people in the future.

Confabulation in the Brain

What is Confabulation?

Confabulation is defined as the production of fabricated, distorted or misinterpreted memories about oneself or the world, without the conscious intention to deceive. Confabulation is a memory problem. It happens when a person with a brain injury makes up false memories. These memories could be about past events that never happened. Or they could be memories of actual events that the person puts in the wrong time or place. Sometimes these memories are very detailed and the person honestly believes the events happened. Confabulation is the direct result of injury to the brain. It may go away on its own, but usually therapy can help fix it.

What happens in the brain?

Confabulation occurs in patients who have sustained damage to the basal fore brain and the frontal lobes after an aneurysm of the anterior communicating artery. Confabulation should not be confused with false memory syndrome where normal individuals suddenly "remember" supposedly-repressed incidents of childhood abuse or other trauma. Confabulation is a clinical syndrome resulting from injury to the brain. Basal fore brain damage may lead to memory impairments, while frontal damage may lead to problems in self-awareness. The patient may have a memory deficit but be unaware of his deficit.

Research and the Psychologists

Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky are famous for having discovered that many of us answer an easier question than the one posed. They also have done many research projects on what caused Confabulation and what effects it has. William Hirstein wrote Brain Fiction: Self-Deception and the Riddle of Confabulation. He said confabulation is not just a deficit of memory; it is something anybody might do, even people with perfectly fine memories and healthy brains.

Interesting Facts

  • Confabulation is known as Honest Lying
  • Their is no intent on deceiving you, they actually think its true
  • It is often associated with Alzheimer's