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Testing Increases Suggestibility for Narrative-based Misinformation But Reduces Suggestibility for Question-based Misinformation
Behavioral Science & the Law
  • Jessica A. LaPaglia, Morningside College
  • Jason C.K. Chan, Iowa State University
Document Type
Article
Disciplines
Publication Date
9-1-2013
DOI
10.1002/bsl.2090
Abstract

A number of recent studies have found that recalling details of an event following its occurrence can increase people's suggestibility to later presented misinformation. However, several other studies have reported the opposite result, whereby earlier retrieval can reduce subsequent eyewitness suggestibility. In the present study, we investigated whether differences in the way misinformation is presented can modulate the effects of testing on suggestibility. Participants watched a video of a robbery and some were questioned about the event immediately afterwards. Later, participants were exposed to misinformation in a narrative (Experiment 1) or in questions (Experiment 2). Consistent with previous studies, we found that testing increased suggestibility when misinformation was presented via a narrative. Remarkably, when misinformation was presented in questions, testing decreased suggestibility. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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This is the accepted version of the following article: Special Issue: Memory Formation and Suggestibility in the Legal Process Volume 31, Issue 5, pages 593–606, September/October 2013, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/bsl.2090/full.

Copyright Owner
Chan, et al.
Language
en
Date Available
2015-01-23
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Citation Information
Jessica A. LaPaglia and Jason C.K. Chan. "Testing Increases Suggestibility for Narrative-based Misinformation But Reduces Suggestibility for Question-based Misinformation" Behavioral Science & the Law Vol. 31 Iss. 5 (2013) p. 593 - 606
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jason_chan/13/