On the existence and implications of nonbelieved memories

H. Otgaar*, A. Scoboria, G. Mazzoni

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In this article, we review the state of knowledge about a previously-assumed-to-be-rare memory phenomenon called nonbelieved memories. Nonbelieved memories are a counterintuitive phenomenon in which vivid autobiographical memories are no longer believed to have happened even though vivid recollective features remain present. Such memories stand in contrast to the more typical situation that when events are recollected they are also believed to have genuinely occurred. We review data on the frequency, characteristics, and factors that contribute to the development of naturally occurring and laboratory-induced nonbelieved memories and discuss the relationships of nonbelieved memories with theories of autobiographical remembering and the study of remembering in applied domains.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-354
JournalCurrent Directions in Psychological Science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

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