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Children's emotional false memories

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Published
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>10/2007
<mark>Journal</mark>Psychological Science
Issue number10
Volume18
Number of pages5
Pages (from-to)856-860
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Eight- and 12-year-old children were presented with neutral and negative emotional Deese-Roediger-McDermott lists equated on familiarity and associative strength. Both recall and recognition (A') measures were obtained. Recall measures exhibited the usual age increments in true and false recollection. True neutral items were better recalled and recognized than true negative emotional items. Although the children showed more false recall for neutral than for negative emotional lists, false recognition was higher for negative emotional than for neutral items. A' analyses also showed that whereas true neutral information and false neutral information were easily discriminated by children regardless of age, the same was not the case for true and false negative emotional information. Together, these results suggest that although children may be able to censor negative emotional information at recall, such information promotes relational processing in children's memory, making true and false emotional information less discriminable overall.

Bibliographic note

RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Psychology