Often in normal conversations I have moments where I say "Oh I remember that!" and then think to myself, do I really remember or have I manufactured that memory based on current conversation?

I'm a developer, and this comes out a lot in my daily work, I think because we see so many interrelated concepts that it's easy to convince ourselves we heard of XYZ class.

I could give at least one specific, but I don't think it relevant to this site to talk about code.

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    There's no name for it that I know, but you should read Beth Loftus's work on eyewitness memory. Manufacturing memories on the fly is not only real but normal; most experiential memories are manufactured. – John Lawler Jun 4 '15 at 15:43
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    Déjà vu, maybe? – bytebuster Jun 4 '15 at 16:25
  • What did they use in Inception? – GAM PUB Jun 4 '15 at 16:38
  • This belongs on English Language & Usage. – curiousdannii Jun 4 '15 at 22:40
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    Is there anything wrong with False Memory – timuzhti Jun 6 '15 at 12:37

The word you're looking for is "confabulated."

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    I was pleased but not surprised to see that there is a word for that common experience. – Zan700 Jun 20 '15 at 3:22
  • Thank you. I saw this and got to use it in an email today already! – DomenicDatti Jun 29 '15 at 16:44

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