Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Confabulation and the Brain, 6

In the book Brain Fiction: Self-Deception and the Riddle of Confabulation, the author indicated that confabulation is not just a deficit of memory; it is something anybody might do, even people with perfectly fine memories and healthy brains. For example, children and many adults confabulate when encouraged to talk about things of which they have no actual knowledge or when trying to make something seem less important or more important. Eyewitnesses can be influenced by suggestive inquiries to confabulate. The evidence shows that many of the stories human beings produce on a daily basis to explain how they feel, the reason they did something, or the process used to come up with a decision, are confabulations, mixtures of fact and fiction that the individuals believe to be completely true. The study conclusions might be an impetus to realize that probably everyone at some time or another uses confabulation and it is possible they do not even realize what they are doing, believing whatever they utter is the absolute truth.

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