Memory as a social process : source monitoring and response conformity
Durley, Jaime Rae
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Subjective states of awareness surrounding a memory trace often provide indications of the memory’s veracity and should be fairly immune to external influence. In three experiments, bogus information ostensibly reflecting a previous participant’s remember and know responses were provided to participants in order to determine the extent to which social conformity operates in a source-monitoring framework. Participants’ own claims of remembering and knowing were influenced by this information. Additionally, the diagnosticity of the sources used at encoding affected the degree of conformity. The results imply that when accurate feedback is provided, participants report experiencing greater recollective details and display improved memory performance.