Cryptomnesia is a type of memory bias in which a person unconsciously remembers something and believes that they have thought of it themselves. This can happen when a person encounters an idea or piece of information, but forgets where they saw it or heard it. Later, when they encounter the same idea or information again, they may think that they have come up with it themselves.
Cryptomnesia can lead to a variety of problems, including plagiarism, where a person unknowingly uses someone else’s ideas or words as their own. It can also make it difficult for people to evaluate the originality of their own thoughts and ideas. To avoid cryptomnesia, it is important to keep track of the sources of our ideas and information, and to give credit where credit is due.