recall bias

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A systematic error that is caused by differing degrees of accuracy in remembering past events, including previous medical history. This bias often arises when people's past history includes events that they have forgotten or not mentioned because they consider them irrelevant, embarrassing, or shameful, e.g., details of premarital or extramarital sexual activity, or because their memory of unpleasant experiences has been suppressed.

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