"This comprehensive and authoritative treatment of the remarkable phenomenon of confabulation ... will be useful to clinicians, neuropsychologists, and other scientists interested in the organization of memory and thought."Larry R. Squire, Ph.D., University of California San Diego"Armin Schnider's splendid book is the first definitive account of all aspects of confabulation -behavioural, neuroanatomical and theoretical- which has appeared for more than 50 years. It will be both an invaluable introduction to the disorder for neurologists, neuropsychologists and cognitiveneuroscientists and an essential source book for researchers on the interface between cognition and memory."Tim Shallice, FMedSci, FRS, SISSA Trieste and University College London"Schnider has written an ambitious, highly-readable, stimulating and important book on confabulation and memory. He weaves descriptions of patients with sophisticated analysis of their disorder that covers neuroanatomy, behaviour, cognition, functional imaging, and neurophysiology. The readeremerges with a deep understanding not only of confabulation, but of memory in general. The book addresses the difficult problem at the heart of confabulation: How do we construct and modify our sense of reality? The provocative answers Schnider provides will stimulate discussion and thus make thisbook ideal for graduate and advanced undergraduate courses on memory."Morris Moscovitch, Ph.D., University of TorontoConfabulations are memories of events and experiences that have never actually happened. Such false memories have fascinated scientists for hundreds of year, and in recent years been the subject of much debate. This is the first book to provide an in-depth analysis of an extraordinary andcontroversial subject. Written by a leading authority, it re-traces the history of this phenomenon and explores its causes, anatomical basis, and mechanisms. It looks at how confabulations relate to other failures of memory and considers phenomena such as deja-vu, paramnesic misidentification,disorientation, and anosognosia. The book also examines similarities and differences between pathological confabulations and normal false memories, as they occur in healthy people. Providing important insights into memory in general, the book will be of interest to neurologists, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, cognitive neuroscientists, and other scientists and clinicians interested in the organization of memory and thought.