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False Memory

  1. Elizabeth F Loftus

Published Online: 15 JAN 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0470018860.s00536

Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science

Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science

How to Cite

Loftus, E. F. 2006. False Memory. Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science. .

Author Information

  1. University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2006


False memory refers to the experience of thinking that we remember something from our past that did not really happen.


  • encoding;
  • retention;
  • postevent information;
  • misinformation effect;
  • false beliefs