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When Being Sad Improves Memory Accuracy: The Role of Affective State in Inadvertent Plagiarism
Gettysburg College Psychology Department Homecoming Symposium
  • Amanda C. Gingerich, Butler University
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Inadvertent plagiarism was investigated in participants who had been induced into a happy or sad mood either before encoding or before retrieval of items generated in a puzzle task. Results indicate that participants in a sad mood made fewer memory errors in which they claimed as their own an idea generated by another source than did those in a happy mood. However, this effect occurred only when mood was induced before encoding.


This is an electronic copy of a conference poster. Archived with permission. The author(s) reserves all rights.


Notes: Please see the attached poster.

This invited talk has also been given at the following colleges:

- Butler University, November 2007

- DePauw University, December 2007

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Gettysburg College Psychology Department Homecoming Symposium, October 2009