Cognitive Reconstruction, Hindsight, and Reactions to Victims and Perpetrators

  title={Cognitive Reconstruction, Hindsight, and Reactions to Victims and Perpetrators},
  author={Linda L. Carli},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={966 - 979}
  • Linda L. Carli
  • Published 1 August 1999
  • Psychology
  • Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Two studies provide evidence that reconstructive memory contributes to the hindsight bias. In the first study, participants read identical scenarios that either had no ending or ended with a rape. Those receiving the rape ending reconstructed the story to be more stereotypically associated with rape than did those in the no-ending condition. In the second study, participants read an identical scenario that ended in a marriage proposal or a rape. Participants’ memories of the events in the story… 

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