Where to look first for suggestibility in young children

Newcombe P.A. and Siegal M. (1996) Where to look first for suggestibility in young children. Cognition, 59 3: 337-356. doi:10.1016/0010-0277(95)00701-6


Author Newcombe P.A.
Siegal M.
Title Where to look first for suggestibility in young children
Journal name Cognition   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0010-0277
Publication date 1996-01-01
Year available 1996
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/0010-0277(95)00701-6
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 59
Issue 3
Start page 337
End page 356
Total pages 20
Place of publication AMSTERDAM
Publisher ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Language eng
Subject 1203 Design Practice and Management
2805 Cognitive Neuroscience
3205 Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
3310 Linguistics and Language
Abstract Preschoolers' suggestibility following exposure to biased information has often been interpreted as indicating that memory traces have been genuinely altered. However, young children may not recognize that the purpose and relevance of questions in experiments on suggestibility is to determine whether they can ignore misinformation in remembering the original details of stories. Instead, children may be prompted to regard the original story details as trivial by experimenters who are perceived as having portrayed these details as unimportant or irrelevant in that they themselves did not bother to get these right. Under such conditions, children may interpret the biased information to mean that a biased alternative was an acceptable, or even a preferred, test choice when compared to the original details. We report the results of an investigation with 3- to 5-year-olds in which children heard a story followed the next day by either biased, unbiased, or no information. The children were able to identify the original story details 6 days later when the questions were phrased in an explicit manner that referred to the time of the information to be recalled.
Keyword Autobiographical Memory
Events
Information
Testimony
Beliefs
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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