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Altering false reports via confederate influence

Journal article
Authors J Ost
J Hogbin
Pär-Anders Granhag
Published in Social Influence,
Pages 105-116
Publication year 2006
Published at Department of Psychology
Pages 105-116
Language en
Keywords False memory, Social influence
Subject categories Psychology


The present experiment examined the effects of confederate influence on the likelihood that participants would claim to have witnessed non-existent footage of a highly charged public event. A total of 48 participants completed a questionnaire, in the presence of a confederate, concerning their memory for (non-existent) closed circuit television (CCTV) footage of an explosion in a Bali nightclub. Overall, 19 participants (39%) claimed falsely to have seen this non-existent footage. Furthermore, participants increased or suppressed their false reports in line with confirmative or disconfirmative social influence exerted by the confederate.

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