Children’s eyewitness suggestibility: Memory trace strength revisited

Holliday, Robyn and Douglas, Karen and Hayes, Brett K. (1999) Children’s eyewitness suggestibility: Memory trace strength revisited. Cognitive Development, 14 (3). pp. 443-462. ISSN 0885-2014 . (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This study investigated memory trace strength and the eyewitness suggestibility effect in 5- and 9-year-old children. Children were first presented with a picture story and then, on the next day, were read a post-event summary containing a number of misleading details. Trace strength was manipulated by repetition of the original and/or the post-event details. Children were given either a standard or a modified recognition test on their memories for picture story details one day after presentation of misleading suggestions. Both age groups were found to be suggestible in each recognition test condition. On the modified test, suggestibility was greatest when the post-event trace was strong and the original trace was weak. Theoretical accounts of the suggestibility effect in children and of memory trace strength are discussed in the light of these findings.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Karen Douglas
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2009 00:22
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