19-COGS11-F13-Erasing and Implanting Memories-Pentek

interference theory memories do not exist in a

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Unformatted text preview: n, cause error and distortions in eyewitness recollections and other aspects of everyday memory." Interference Theory ● memories do not exist in a vacuum ● memories are influenced by: ○ proactive interference ○ retroactive interference ● new post-event information becomes incorporated into the recollection ● we do not realize the new info’s influence Source: Loftus et al., 1995 Testing the Interference Theory 1. participants are shown a complex scene 2. half the participants are given misleading (incorrect) information 3.other half received no new info Participants that received false information had incorrect memories about crucial details of the scene! Source: Loftus et al., 1995 It is one thing to distort a...
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