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False Memory 1 Running Head FALSE MEMORY False Memory The impact of age and suggestibility on children Melissa Lee Lynchburg College False Memory 2 Abstract This study examined the effects of planting false memories in children ages 3 to 8 years of age Twenty children were divided into two groups according to age Group one consisted of ten children ages 3 to 5 and group two consisted of ten children ages 6 to 8 The experimenter came to the childrens elementary or preschool to have a 30 minute session with a child 3 times a week During these sessions the experimenter would tell the child one real event that happened to them provided by a parent and one suggested event provided by the experimenter The experiment was conducted for one month and at the end of this month the experimenter debriefed the child on which suggested story was false and which was real In dividing these groups by age we would essentially like to see if age would play a role in suggestibility and false memory False Memory 3 False Memory The impact of age and suggestibility on children Memory can be and often is faulty in many ways Despite having been mislead or misinformed people often report experiencing events that they have not experienced This is the phenomenon known as false memory Brainard Mojardin 1998 Research on memory and in particular childrens memory over the past decade has shown repeated misinformation may distort recollection and allow remembrance of details that were not actually present in the original event Research also suggests that both children and adults may experience false memories when imagined or intensively thought about events that never happened at all are experienced as real upon
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