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Recollections of true and false autobiographical memories.

Conway, M. A. and Collins, A. F. and Gathercole, S. E. and Anderson, S. J. (1996) Recollections of true and false autobiographical memories. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 125 (1). pp. 69-95. ISSN 0096-3445

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Abstract

Two diarists recorded true and false events and thoughts over a period of 5 months. In recognition tests taken 7 months later, they discriminated between true and false diary entries and judged their state of memory awareness as recollective experience, feeling of familiarity, or no distinct state of awareness. Correct recognition rates for true events and thoughts were high. Events were associated with recollective experience and thoughts with feelings of familiarity. Incorrect recognition was higher for thoughts than events. False memories were associated with familiarity or no distinct state of awareness. For correct memories of events only, factors influencing encoding (importance, consequentiality, etc.) interacted with state of memory awareness at retrieval. The quality of phenomenal experience, based on the associations between encoding and retrieval, may be critical in leading a remeberer to accept a memory as true.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Experimental Psychology: General
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 18990
Deposited By: ep_ss_importer
Deposited On: 06 Nov 2008 12:32
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2013 13:59
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/18990

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