Strategies for verifying false autobiographical memories
Wade, Kimberley A. and Garry, Maryanne. (2005) Strategies for verifying false autobiographical memories. American Journal of Psychology, Volume 118 (Number 4). pp. 587-602. ISSN 0002-9556Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30039087
This study examined the types of strategies people use to verify putative childhood memories and the degree to which their preferred strategies are restricted in typical memory implantation studies. We asked subjects to describe a situation in which they recalled a false childhood experience and a hypothetical situation in which they pretended to have developed a false memory after taking part in a memory implantation study. We also asked them how they did (or would) determine the source of the event. We found that subjects relied primarily on other people and cognitive strategies to verify their experiences. These results suggest that laboratory situations cultivate false memories in part because they prevent people from talking to others about the false event, which causes them to rely on less optimal strategies.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Psychology|
|Journal or Publication Title:||American Journal of Psychology|
|Publisher:||University of Illinois Press|
|Number of Pages:||16|
|Page Range:||pp. 587-602|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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