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Explaining impossible phenomena : object permanence beliefs and memory falures in adults.

Subbotsky, Eugene (1996) Explaining impossible phenomena : object permanence beliefs and memory falures in adults. Memory, 4 (2). pp. 199-224. ISSN 0965-8211

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Memory
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 26944
Deposited By: Dr Eugene Subbotsky
Deposited On: 19 Aug 2009 09:27
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:37
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/26944

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