Attention to global gist processing eliminates age effects in false memories

Odegard, Timothy N. and Holliday, Robyn and Brainerd, Charles J. and Reyna, Valerie (2008) Attention to global gist processing eliminates age effects in false memories. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 99 (2). pp. 96-113. ISSN 0022-0965 . (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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Counterintuitive age increases have been reported for the Deese-Roediger-MeDermott (DRM) false memory illusion. The current theoretical explanation of this effect assumes that it is due to age increases in spontaneous interconnection of DRM list words' meanings. To test this explanation, 11-year-olds and young adults studied DRM lists under conditions that (a) encouraged them to form such meaning-based connections or (b) discouraged them from doing so. In line with the explanation, the usual developmental increase in false memory disappeared in the first condition but was preserved in the second condition. Also in line with the explanation, conjoint recognition analyses revealed that encouraging participants to form meaning connections increased their reliance on gist-based similarity judgments.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: memory development; recognition memory; source memory; meaning; gist
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: C.A. Simms
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2009 11:57
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