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Abducted by a UFO: Prevalence information affects young children’s false memories for an implausible event

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dc.contributor.author Otgaar, H., Candel, I., Merckelbach, H., & Wade, K.A.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-07-18T15:31:39Z
dc.date.available 2017-07-18T15:31:39Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Otgaar, H., Candel, I., Merckelbach, H., & Wade, K.A. (2009). Abducted by a UFO: Prevalence information affects young children’s false memories for an implausible event. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 23(1), 115-125. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kimberley_Wade/publication/227618720_Abducted_by_a_UFO_Prevalence_Information_Affects_Young_Children's_False_Memories_for_an_Implausible_Event/links/09e4150fd88fa9bb5e000000.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/3447
dc.description.abstract This study examined whether prevalence information promotes children’s false memories for an implausible event. Forty-four 7–8 and forty-seven 11–12 year old children heard a true narrative about their first school day and a false narrative about either an implausible event (abducted by a UFO) or a plausible event (almost choking on a candy). Moreover, half of the children in each condition received prevalence information in the form of a false newspaper article while listening to the narratives. Across two interviews, children were asked to report everything they remembered about the events. In both age groups, plausible and implausible events were equally likely to give rise to false memories. Prevalence information increased the number of false memories in 7–8 year olds, but not in 11–12 year olds at Interview 1. Our findings demonstrate that young children can easily develop false memories of a highly implausible event. Copyright # 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Applied Cognitive Psychology en_US
dc.subject implausible events en_US
dc.subject false memories en_US
dc.subject false narrative en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.title Abducted by a UFO: Prevalence information affects young children’s false memories for an implausible event en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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