Conference Venue: University of Abertay, Dundee Scottish Branch
From: 12 Mar 2008 To: 12 Mar 2008
Just because you know you’re right, doesn’t mean you can’t be wrong! : The effect of socially encountered errant post-event information on recognition memory.
University of Abertay
Objectives: Recent research suggests that encountering misinformation from a co-witness is disproportionately detrimental to memory accuracy, in comparison to any enhancing effects of accurate co-witness information. The current study aims to replicate this effect, and examine whether it persists over a delay. The study also investigates whether self-ratings of memory quality (remember/know/guess) are associated with these effects.
Design: The experiment was a forced-choice recognition test employing a 2 (Co-witness Information; Accurate, Errant) x 2 (Test-Phase; Immediate, Delayed) within subjects design.
Methods: Participants jointly studied three complex scenes and registered recognition and phenomenal memory judgements on 3 occasions; 1st) prior to any exposure to co-witness information, 2nd) immediately after, 3rd) after a 24hr delay.
Results: A within-subjects ANOVA will explore differences in mean accuracy scores whilst logistic regression analyses will explore the categorical data.
Conclusions: Findings will extend the memory conformity literature, as well as having applied implications for eyewitness memory.