False Memory Syndrome

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False memory syndrome (FMS) is hypothesized to be correlated with poor experiences regarding mental therapy or treatment and social pressures which can contaminate memories while in REM-sleep. Common social pressures include: body image, tradition, religion, and marriage; the Influences listed may be capable of distorting memories into any direction whether it be a memory of abuse or non-abuse. Knowing the malleability of memory is key to understanding how to shape FMS memories. The alteration of FMS memories can be a vital asset when aiding psychotherapy patients in recovery from traumatic events.

Sleep deprivation has a correlation to weakened memory consolidation. FMS (false memory syndrome) is amplified when sleep deprivation occurs. This

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