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Ana Bajo, Aikaterini Fotopoulou, Simon Fleminger, Michael David Kopelman

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)560-569
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences
Issue number2nd edition
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Confabulation, a form of false memory, has been puzzling clinicians and academics since the 1880s. To date, limited consensus has been reached regarding the definition, classification, differential diagnosis, and cognitive mechanisms underlying this disorder. Three main explanatory frameworks have been proposed, each putting forward and testing different predictions regarding the psychopathology and clinical course of confabulation. The present article reviews theoretical and empirical developments in the topic and considers their implications for the definition and classification of confabulation.

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