Pre-event stereotypes and misinformation effects in young children

Memon, Amina and Holliday, Robyn and Hill, Carole (2006) Pre-event stereotypes and misinformation effects in young children. Memory, 14 (1). pp. 104-114. ISSN 0965-8211 . (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 examined the effects of pre-event stereotypes on 5-year-old children's memories for the visit of an adult mate to their school. Children were read three stories in which this man was described in positive, negative, or neutral terms. Following the visit, children were read post-event narratives which contained positive and negative misinformation that was consistent and inconsistent with the pre-event stereotype. Children were then given a recognition test under inclusion and exclusion instructions. Negative misinformation was correctly rejected more often than positive misinformation. Children given a positive pre-event stereotype were more likely to accept positive misinformation than those in the other stereotype conditions. Process dissociation analyses revealed that recollection for negative misinformation was larger than for positive misinformation; the opposite was the case for familiarity.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: C.A. Simms
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2008 11:23
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2014 15:08
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