Subbotsky, Eugene (1996) Explaining impossible phenomena : object permanence beliefs and memory falures in adults. Memory, 4 (2). pp. 199-224. ISSN 0965-8211Full text not available from this repository.
In three experiments adult subjects' explanations of the observed non permanence of a physical object and their recollections of the order of the events during the experiment were obtained and analysed. The data showed that in order to conserve their strong beliefs in object permanence subjects systematically distorted the real temporal succession of events preceding the phenomenon. The frequency of the distortions depended on the salience of the non permanence phenomenon ('disappearance' versus appearance' of the physical object) and on the time interval between the events whose temporal order was reversed, but not on subjects' nationality (English versus German), gender, type of reproduction (immediate versus delayed), role in the experiment (subject versus observer) and degree of prompting in questioning.
|Journal or Publication Title:||Memory|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Departments:||Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology|
|Deposited By:||Dr Eugene Subbotsky|
|Deposited On:||19 Aug 2009 09:27|
|Last Modified:||19 Jan 2016 00:03|
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