Imagination inflation: Imagining a childhood event inflates confidence that it occurred.

@article{Garry1996ImaginationII,
  title={Imagination inflation: Imagining a childhood event inflates confidence that it occurred.},
  author={Maryanne Garry and Craig G. Nevill Manning and Elizabeth F. Loftus and Steven J. Sherman},
  journal={Psychonomic bulletin & review},
  year={1996},
  volume={3 2},
  pages={208-14}
}
Counterfactual imaginings are known to have far-reaching implications. In the present experiment, we ask if imagining events from one's past can affect memory for childhood events. We draw on the social psychology literature showing that imagining a future event increases the subjective likelihood that the event will occur. The concepts of cognitive availability and the source-monitoring framework provide reasons to expect that imagination may inflate confidence that a childhood event occurred… CONTINUE READING
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