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Memory for where, from whom, or how certain knowledge or information was acquired. For example, a person who knows that all insects have six legs, and also remembers learning this fact from Gardeners' Question Time on the radio while driving to a family gathering on Christmas day in 1995, has excellent source memory for this particular item of knowledge. Reality monitoring is a special form of source memory that involves distinguishing between genuine external sources and one's own imagination as sources of information.

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