Actually, a picture is worth less than 45 words: narratives produce more false memories than photographs do.

@article{Garry2005ActuallyAP,
  title={Actually, a picture is worth less than 45 words: narratives produce more false memories than photographs do.},
  author={Maryanne Garry and Kimberley A Wade},
  journal={Psychonomic bulletin & review},
  year={2005},
  volume={12 2},
  pages={359-66}
}
Most memory "implantation" studies have elicited false memories by using fake narratives. Recently, Wade, Garry, Read, and Lindsay (2002) showed that doctored photographs can be used to create false childhood memories in adults. Fifty percent of Wade et al.'s sample reported details of taking a childhood hot air balloon ride, although they had never been in a balloon. In this experiment, we investigated whether photos or narratives influence memory more than the other. We exposed subjects to… CONTINUE READING