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Memory Distortion

What is memory distortion, and how does it occur?

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1. What is memory distortion, and how does it occur?

Memory distortion "reflects the failure to identify the sources of mental experiences (reality monitoring failure or misinformation)" (Marcia, 1997, p. 1733). It occurs for various reasons, such as when people can confuse what they saw and what they imagined or inferred that had happened. Or, they confuse what they saw and what was suggested to them, which is another cause of memory distortion. They also can ...

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