Warning: Even memory for faces may be contagious

  title={Warning: Even memory for faces may be contagious},
  author={Elizabeth F. Loftus and Edith Greene},
  journal={Law and Human Behavior},
College students (521) participated in this research program designed to study the extent to which memory for faces can be altered. Pilot results indicated that subjects who viewed a face and then heard a description of that face ostensibly written by another witness were influenced by that description. Specifically, subjects adopted the verbal expressions of another witness even when those expressions were in error. Furthermore, subjects who heard a misleading detail had a tendency to… 
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  • 1996
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