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Dr. Debra Huntley & Jerrod Brown, M.A., M.S.


Confabulation is the spontaneous or provoked use of inaccurate information to fill in memory gaps. This phenomenon is distinctly different from lying because there is no intent to deceive. Confabulation can be found in relatively healthy individuals as well as individuals with serious cognitive and psychiatric disorders (e.g., schizophrenia, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), and Korsakoff’s syndrome). As such, multiple causal pathways may lead to confabulation. Because confabulation can complicate the jobs of anyone working with clients in the mental health or legal systems, professionals should have a greater understanding of confabulation.

With this in mind, the authors have written a detailed article addressing both the risk factors and causes of confabulation; which you can read in full for free via the following link.

Understanding Confabulation: An Introduction for Criminal Justice and Forensic Mental Health Professionals

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