from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A distortion of memory in which fantasy and objective experience are confused.
  • n. An inability to recall the meanings of common words.

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  • n. An inability to distinguish between real memories and dreams or fantasies
  • n. An inability to remember the meaning of common words

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One's believing that he remembers things when he has never experienced them; false memory.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (psychiatry) a disorder of memory in which dreams or fantasies are confused with reality


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  • This "paramnesia" theory suggests that the original event was somehow linked to distress and was being suppressed from conscious recognition, no longer accessible to memory.

    Boing Boing: March 27, 2005 - April 2, 2005 Archives

  • Reduplicative paramnesia is the delusional belief that a place exists in two or more locations simultaneously and has been the inspiration for the project where we will try and get participants to hold contrasting and contradictory memories of a past location in mind, while experiencing movement through a current space.

    Mind Hacks: October 2006 Archives

  • I'll be talking about the science and neuropsychology of reduplicative paramnesia and we'll both be discussing how we've found trying to combine our disciplines to better understand space and location, as well as unusual states of mind.

    Mind Hacks: October 2006 Archives

  • During the coming week, artist Simon Pope and I will be giving a couple of talks on Walking Here and There - an art / science collaboration project that aims to investigate the interaction of place and memory in psychosis, and particularly reduplicative paramnesia, the delusional belief that a place exists in two or more locations simultaneously.

    Mind Hacks: October 2006 Archives

  • From a Wikipedia article on reduplicative paramnesia I've just created.

    Mind Hacks: August 2005 Archives

  • Reduplicative paramnesia is the delusional belief that a place or location has been duplicated, existing in two or more places simultaneously, or that it has been 'relocated' to another site.

    Mind Hacks: August 2005 Archives

  • A consultant, however, suggested that the acute and late onset in an otherwise psychiatrically well person, the delusions of impostors (Capgras syndrome) and real and false neighborhoods (reduplicative paramnesia), and her difficulties finding her way about the unit (spatial disorientation) possibly indicated a nondominant parietal lobe stroke.

    The Neuropsychiatric Guide to Modern Everyday Psychiatry

  • Another related phenomenon is reduplicative paramnesia, in which a patient, usually with posterior nondominant hemisphere dysfunction, manifests a delusion that a duplicate of a person or place exists elsewhere (Doppelganger phenomenon) (184).

    The Neuropsychiatric Guide to Modern Everyday Psychiatry

  • She told me her name but paramnesia is odd: recognition is present but recall can't just be switched on like that.

    The Striker Portfolio

  • Many hypnotherapeutic techniques such as amnesia, hypermnesia, progression, paramnesia, automatic writing, dream induction, regression, production of experimental conflicts and crystal or mirror gazing require a somnambulistic state.

    A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis


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  • I always thought deja vu was more trippy rather than dreadful.

    December 20, 2009

  • So far the remarks miss the best thing to know about paramnesia: that it is essentially the same in common American and British use as Deja Vu, except that the latter includes a sense of dread ("Oh Pooh, It's Happening Again!"), while paramnesia might be the same experience of memory but without the dread - a quite relaxed acknowledgement that this may have happened before.

    December 20, 2009