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Feelings of familiarity and false memory for specific associations resulting from mugshot exposure

Overview of attention for article published in Memory & Cognition, July 2016
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Title
Feelings of familiarity and false memory for specific associations resulting from mugshot exposure
Published in
Memory & Cognition, July 2016
DOI 10.3758/s13421-016-0642-7
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Authors

Alan W. Kersten, Julie L. Earles

Abstract

This research reveals that mugshot viewing accompanied by questions about an action can cause young adults to associate the pictured person and the queried action, leading to later false recollection of having seen that person perform that action. In contrast, mugshot viewing in older adults can lead to vague feelings of familiarity for the pictured person, encouraging older adults to later falsely recognize the pictured person performing any familiar action. Participants viewed events involving actors performing different actions and then were asked verbal questions about which actor had performed each action, with each question accompanied by mugshots of potential "perpetrators" of the action. In a later recognition test, older adults were more likely to falsely recognize a novel conjunction of a familiar actor and action if they had seen a mugshot of that actor, regardless of whether the mugshot had accompanied a question about that action. In contrast, young adults were more likely to falsely recognize a conjunction event only if it involved an actor whose mugshot had accompanied a question about that particular action. This effect remained when the analysis was limited to trials involving actors whose mugshots had not been previously selected, implicating false recollection rather than commitment effects.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 30 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 9 30%
Student > Master 8 27%
Student > Ph. D. Student 3 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 2 7%
Professor 2 7%
Other 6 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 19 63%
Unspecified 3 10%
Social Sciences 2 7%
Neuroscience 2 7%
Immunology and Microbiology 1 3%
Other 3 10%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 15. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 12 March 2017.
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#689,565
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Outputs from Memory & Cognition
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#4
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