Have you ever started telling someone a story, only to realize they were the one who told you about it? What about reading an old diary or school essay that contains an idea you thought you just came up with last week? These are all examples of cryptomnesia, the act of recalling a memory but misidentifying it as a novel thought. When it comes up in a social situation, it's usually just an annoying quirk, but this phenomenon has led to real consequences for many high-profile figures.
Ideas vs. Memories
Who Knows Where or When
Joke Theft and Cryptomnesia
Written by Ashley Hamer February 15, 2018
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