Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Previous research has shown that misleading postevent information can alter the report of a previously witnessed event. The present experiment extends on this research by investigating whether central and peripheral details are affected differentially by misleading postevent information. Sixty-four undergraduate students were shown a series of slides depicting a theft from a convenience store. They were then exposed to a taped narrative which contained some misinformation and some neutral information about two central and two peripheral critical details. Finally, the subjects ' memory for the original event was tested using recognition and source questions. The accuracy data replicated the misinformation effect p<.05. Central and peripheral details of the original event were not affected differentially by the misinformation. The response latency results supported Loftus 's substitution theory.
BF1 .M63 v. 5 no. 1 1997
Kaeler, Kathi; Larson, Yvonne; and Marmolejo, Gloria
"Influence of postevent information in the recall of central and peripheral details of an eyewitnessed event,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 5
, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol5/iss1/3