Sunday, November 20, 2005

False Memory: Are Recovered Memories of Past Events Accurate?

The effects of suggestibility (misled vs. non-misled) and source monitoring (yes-no vs. source recall test) and source modality (picture vs. text vs. both picture and no text vs. neither picture or text) on memory were examined. 16- to 25-year-old college students (N = 48) saw a color slide and read either a misleading or non-misleading narrative about the picture. Participants recalled details of the picture by source (source-recall), or recalled details of the picture with no reference to the source (yes-no). Participants in the yes-no recall condition had better memory scores compared to those in the source-recall condition. Misleading narrative did not influence recall of items either from picture or text. Results are discussed in view of the false memory debate.

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Dr. Deborah Serani said...

I think the false memory issue is one that is skewed by age. The ones done with children are amazing!


astrorat said...

Dear Dr. D,

Rightly said... the ones done with children are awesome! my university has 2 researchers working with child eye witness testimony. I was an RA with one of them! :) it certainly is pretty complicated research!