Definitions for "Cryptomnesia"
A type of misappropriation that occurs when people think they have come up with a new idea, yet have only retrieved a stored idea and failed to attribute the idea to its proper source. go to glossary index
Detailed and accurate recall of information that was previously learned, often unconsciously and then forgotten. Literally means "hidden memory." See also, "amnesia" and "hypermnesia."
Knowledge gained through normal means which is related by a subject who does not consciously recall having learned the information in their conventional experiences. Such revelations may deceptively appear to be revelations of great paranormal significance. Cryptomnesia is sometimes used an explanation for such apparently paranormal phenomenon as "past-life memories" or "xenoglossy".