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Anchoring effects in the development of false childhood memories

By Kimberley A. Wade, Maryanne Garry, Robert Alastair Nash and David N. Harper


When people receive descriptions or doctored photos of events that never happened, they often come to remember those events. But if people receive both a description and a doctored photo, does the order in which they receive the information matter? We asked people to consider a description and a doctored photograph of a childhood hot air balloon ride, and we varied which medium they saw first. People who saw a description first reported more false images and memories than people who saw a photo first, a result that fits with an anchoring account of false childhood memories

Topics: BF
Publisher: Psychonomic Society, Inc.
Year: 2009
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