Confabulation: False Memory Maker
By: Megan Schafer
Why you chose this topic:
I chose this topic because I think the production of false memories is an interesting disorder. My research will help me if I chose to go into something that involves this specific disorder.
Confabulation is when false memories are spontaneously produced. a memory disorder that can occur in people who have injuries/damage to their frontal lobes or basal forebrain. Some memories can be altered or completely made-up. Also, memories can be seen as typical or others can be seen as unusual. Most people who have this disorder do not know that their memories are faulty. Confabulation is a clinical symptom due to brain damage and is not the same as False Memory Syndrome. Therapy can be used to help people with this disorder.
The Research & Psychologist
Some important people to contribute to this disorder are Oliver Sacks who had a patient who would make up false memories about him. William Hirstei, who has written a book, says that confabulation can even happen in perfectly healthy adults/children. Although Confabulation isn't understood perfectly, these people have contributed greatly to this disorder.
Other Interesting Stuff
There are two types of confabulations, one is provoked where person makes up a memory trying to recall and event and spontaneous is when a person gets a memory confused with another memory and recalls the wrong memory.