Reduction of the Misinformation Effect by Arousal Induced After LearningCognition
Format of Original6 p.
Original Item IDdoi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2010.08.014
AbstractMisinformation introduced after events have already occurred causes errors in later retrieval. Based on literature showing that arousal induced after learning enhances delayed retrieval, we investigated whether post-learning arousal can reduce the misinformation effect. 251 participants viewed four short film clips, each followed by a retention test, which for some participants included misinformation. Afterward, participants viewed another film clip that was either arousing or neutral. One week later, the arousal group recognized significantly more veridical details and endorsed significantly fewer misinformation items than the neutral group. The findings suggest that arousal induced after learning reduced source confusion, allowing participants to better retrieve accurate details and to better reject misinformation.
Citation InformationShaun English and Kristy A. Nielson. "Reduction of the Misinformation Effect by Arousal Induced After Learning" Cognition (2010) ISSN: 0010-0277
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kristy_nielson/27/