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Informational Social Influence Drives Memory Distortion Following Co-Witness Discussion

Poster Session II - Board: II- 077
Thursday, May 27, 2010, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
APS Exhibit Hall

Jeffrey P. Kukucka, Jr.
John Jay College, City University of New York Graduate Center)

Kerri A. Goodwin
Towson University

The current study aims to isolate the impact of informational versus normative social influence during co-witness discussion. Participants (N = 96) viewed a simulated crime, and then overheard a co-witness discussion. Individuals exposed to discussions containing misinformation later recalled more inaccurate details on a memory test, suggesting strong informational influence.

Subject Area: Cognitive
Keywords: Forensic

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