From a passing thought to a false memory in 2 minutes: Confusing real and illusory events

  title={From a passing thought to a false memory in 2 minutes: Confusing real and illusory events},
  author={J. Don Read},
  journal={Psychonomic Bulletin \& Review},
  • J. Read
  • Published 1 March 1996
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
The frequency with which subjects erroneously included a nonpresented word in their recall of a study list was explored in two experiments. The intrusion error was recalled by as many as 80% of the subjects, and when it was perceived to have been presented early in the study list, it was assigned confidence ratings and phenomenological retrieval characteristics equivalent to those for presented words. As a result, subjects were often unable to discriminate memories of real study words from… Expand

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