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Contagious contacts: How police trainees influence each other's memories for a criminal event

Conference paper
Authors Pär-Anders Granhag
A Memon
F Gabbert
Carl Martin Allwood
Published in Oral paper presented at the 14’th European Conference on Psychology and Law (Cracow, Poland)
Publication year 2004
Published at Department of Psychology
Language en
Keywords Eyewitnesses, memory conformity, source monitoring
Subject categories Social Sciences


This study investigated memory conformity effect among police trainees who first witnessed, and the discussed, a criminal event. Each member of a pair watched a different video of the same criminal event. The pairs discussed the event, and then each witness performed an individual recall test. A high proportion (67%) of the witnesses who had discussed the event mistakenly recalled items acquired during the discussion. Furthermore, a subsequent source monitoring test revealed that a majority of these witnesses (75%) were aware of the fact that they had acquired the mistakenly recalled items from their co-witnesses. These findings are discussed both from a theoretical and practical perspective

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