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recovered memory


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A memory, usually for a traumatic event or experience, such as being sexually abused as a child, retrieved after having been forgotten or repressed, often for many years. Unless it is verified, what appears to be a recovered memory may in fact be a false memory. See also deferred action, false memory syndrome, hypnotherapy, paramnesia (1), Piaget kidnapping memory. Compare eyewitness misinformation effect.

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