Creating false memories for events that occurred before versus after the offset of childhood amnesia
Strange, Deryn, Wade, Kimberley A. and Hayne, Harlene. (2008) Creating false memories for events that occurred before versus after the offset of childhood amnesia. Memory, Vol.16 (No.5). pp. 475-484. ISSN 0965-8211Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09658210802059049
We examined whether false images and memories for childhood events are more likely when the event supposedly took place during the period of childhood amnesia. Over three interviews, participants recalled six events: five true and one false. Some participants were told that the false event happened when they were 2 years old (Age 2 group), while others were told that it happened when they were 10 years old (Age 10 group). We compared participants' reports of the false event to their reports of a true event from the same age. Consistent with prior research on childhood amnesia, participants in the Age 10 group were more likely than participants in the Age 2 group to remember their true event and they reported more information about it. Participants in the Age 2 group, on the other hand, were more likely to develop false images and memories than participants in the Age 10 group. Furthermore, once a false image or memory developed, there were no age-related differences in the amount of information participants reported about the false event. We conclude that childhood amnesia increases our susceptibility to false suggestion, thus our results have implications for court cases where early memories are at issue.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Psychology|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Memory|
|Number of Pages:||10|
|Page Range:||pp. 475-484|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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