“Faking Amnesia” article published in ESTRO


My blog article on faking amensia has attracted quite a lot of views, and now a revised version has been published in a peer-reviewed journal!

One of my first posts on this blog was about a phenomenon where people fake amnesia, usually in order to commit insurance fraud or avoid jail time. The blog article reveals several methods on how to detect simulators of amnesia, the main clue being that fakers tend to exaggerate their symptoms and ignore probabilities of chance. According to my website statistics, this article is by far the most popular article in the blog, having been viewed over 3.300 times since December 2012. Indeed, it is responsible for approx. 62% of the traffic on my blog, so I very pleased to find that people thought the topic was interesting.

A revised version of this article is one of seven articles published in the newest issue of the journal ESTRO, a bi-annual student research journal. The revised version is a bit more theoretical, goes into a bit more depth, and has more references. The blog article is written for a layperson who may not have a background in psychology, while the journal article is written for scientists and students with different disciplinary backgrounds.

The article is available HERE. You can read the full issue HERE.

I was very happy to hear that this paper got published, as I found the topic very interesting and even somewhat unusual. There were also very few overviewable papers available on this topic. Here is what the editor had to say about the paper:

“…our second article is also immersed in the inner workings of the mind and the memories it collects. Here we move […] to Espen Sjoberg’s exploration of the scientific methods used to detect the condition of amnesia. Sjoberg employs a particular focus on the malingering of this disease, and examines the way in which some patients can ‘fake’ symptoms in order to pursue their own agendas” (Editoral, page i, ESTRO, 6, 2)

I hope you enjoy the read.


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