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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Definitions for paramnesia

  1. Psychiatry. a distortion of memory in which fact and fantasy are confused.
  2. the inability to recall the correct meaning of a word.

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Citations for paramnesia
The subtle, recurring confusion between illusion and reality that was characteristic of paramnesia fascinated the chaplain, and he knew a number of things about it. Joseph Heller, Catch-22, 1961
In another case of Morvan’s, the patient reported reduplicative paramnesia; he firmly believed that his home had been copied by a stranger and that the replica existed 40 miles away. Every detail of the replica including ornaments and personal effects had been copied exactly. He even stated that his wife had visited the replica. Phil Corlett, "Sleight of Hand, Sleight of Mind: Illusions, Delusions and the Immune System," Scientific American, January 30, 2013
Origin of paramnesia
Paramnesia is a New Latin construction that entered English in the late 1800s. It derives from the Greek roots pará meaning "beside; beyond" and amnēstía meaning "oblivion."