the phenomenon of not recognizing the return of an old memory as a product of memory, but instead regarding it as a new or original thought or idea:Cryptomnesia has misled some writers to embark on new works which are actually unconscious plagiarism or even self-plagiarism.
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How to use cryptomnesia in a sentence
This is an instance which shows all the peculiarities of cryptomnesia.
In so far cryptomnesia is quite an everyday occurrence, concerned with the deepest normal psychic events.
We have, however, a criterion by which we can always recognise objectively intra-psychic cryptomnesia.
These are cases of so-called cryptomnesia, which are too unimportant to deserve more extended notice.