What do Helen Keller, Sam Smith and MLK Jr. have in common? They have all been accused of plagiarism. But was it actually plagiarism or perhaps a little-known phenomenon called Cryptomnesia? Cryptomnesia is the phenomenon of a forgotten memory being mistaken by the brain for a new and original thought. This infographic by Online College Plan takes a close look at this odd occurrence: what it is, why it happens and who it’s happened to.

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Memory Malfunction: Cryptomnesia and Plagiarism


Irma Wallace

Irma Wallace

Co-founder and Vice President of SearchRank, responsible for many of the day to day operations of the company. She is also founder of The Arizona Builders’ Zone, a construction / home improvement portal.

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