False memories are fantasies -- often therapy induced -- masquerading as memories that seem very real to the person who has such recollections.
They often involves accusations and allegations of incest, Satanic Ritual Abuse
, or cult
The concept of False Memory Syndrome is not recognized as an official mental health diagnosis, but the principle that memories can be fabricated, distorted or misinterpreted (i.e. confabulation
) or altered by outside influences is overwhelmingly accepted by scientists.
Elizabeth Loftus is a cognitive psychologist and a foremost expert on human memory -- particularly false memory:
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(Sep. 3, 1999) Jury finds therapist negligent in repressed-memory lawsuit
(Sep. 3, 1999) Psychiatrist found negligent in repressed-memory case
(May 14, 1999) Fed. Court Doesn't Buy Into Plaintiff's Repressed Memory Claim
(May 11, 1999) Recovered memory theory derided as `junk science'
(Oct. 7, 1998) Psychiatrist loses bid to dismiss false-memory case
(Oct. 6, 1998) Ex-patient tells of earlier cult memories
(Sep. 29, 1998) Ex-patient tells of bid to save son after cult diagnosis by therapists