Confabulation and delusion

Max Coltheart*, Martha Turner

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter explores an intriguing similarity between confabulation and delusion, namely the tendency in both for people to seek to justify their unjustifiable false memories or false beliefs when these are challenged. It begins with five examples that are very different from each other. What unites them is that all are examples of confabulation - a view that will be defended after presenting the examples.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConfabulation
Subtitle of host publicationViews from neuroscience, psychiatry, psychology and philosophy
EditorsWilliam Hirstein
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780191723759
ISBN (Print)9780199208913
Publication statusPublished - 6 Aug 2009


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