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Definition: The term "cryptomnesia" literally means "hidden memory" - it is the ability of a person to remember things they have seen, heard, read, or experienced without consciously realizing it.

Cryptomnesia can readily explain a person's ability to come up with information and ideas which they honestly do not realize are their own, for example with past life regressions like that of Bridey Murphy. It can also explain apparent plagiarism on the part of people who would not be expected to deliberately plagarize the work of others. Examples of this happening would include the similarity of George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" with the Chiffon's "He's So Fine" in "My Sweet Lord" and Helen Keller's "The Frost King" with Margaret Canby's "The Frost Fairies."

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