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Natural conversations as a source of false memories in children: Implications for the testimony of young witnesses

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dc.contributor.author Principe, G. F., & Schindewolf, E.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-26T18:29:43Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-26T18:29:43Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Principe, G. F., & Schindewolf, E. (2012). Natural conversations as a source of false memories in children: Implications for the testimony of young witnesses. Developmental Review, 32(3), 205-223. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3487111/
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/2950
dc.description.abstract Research on factors that can affect the accuracy of children’s autobiographical remembering has important implications for understanding the abilities of young witnesses to provide legal testimony. In this article, we review our own recent research on one factor that has much potential to induce errors in children’s event recall, namely natural memory sharing conversations with peers and parents. Our studies provide compelling evidence that not only can the content of conversations about the past intrude into later memory but that such exchanges can prompt the generation of entirely false narratives that are more detailed than true accounts of experienced events. Further, our work show that deeper and more creative participation in memory sharing dialogues can boost the damaging effects of conversationally conveyed misinformation. Implications of this collection of findings for children’s testimony are discussed. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Developmental Review en_US
dc.subject memory en_US
dc.subject suggestibility en_US
dc.subject social interaction en_US
dc.subject rumor en_US
dc.subject eyewitness testimony en_US
dc.subject autobiographical memory en_US
dc.title Natural conversations as a source of false memories in children: Implications for the testimony of young witnesses en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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