Departmental Papers (Psychiatry)

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Colgate University Journal of Sciences



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Individual differences in the formation of false memories using suggestibility as a predictive factor were investigated. Undergraduate males and females were administered two false memory paradigms: the Deese-Roedinger-McDermott (DRM) (1995) word recognition task and the Kassin & Kiechel (KK) ALT key task (1996). Subsequently, participants were administered the Gudjonsson Suggestibility Scale (GSS) 2 to determine their suggestibility scores. As predicted, higher suggestibility scores were correlated with forming a false memory in the Kassin & Kiechel task. However, suggestibility was not correlated with the DRM task. These results provide evidence that suggestibility is a predictive factor for one false memory paradigm but not the other, indicating that perhaps different cognitive mechanisms underlie the two.


At the time of this publication, Dr. Beidas was an undergraduate student at Colgate University, but she is now a faculty member of the University of Pennsylvania.

The publication from which this article has been reproduced has ceased to be published in the interim.



Date Posted: 15 August 2017