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Abstract One hundred and sixty-six students taking Psycology105 were involved in an experiment which tests whether false memories can be produced by studying a list of words that were related semantically It was assumed that the lure would have a high rate of remember responses The results from the experiment proved that the lure is likely to produce false recalls by studying semantically related lists Does Studying a Semantically Related List of Words Produce False Memories What produces false memories This has been in the minds of psychologists ever since the time of Aristotle who claimed that the mind creates mental associations contiguity similarity and contrast cited in Henry L Roediger 111 David A Balota Jason M Watson 2000 An experiment that was investigating the remembering of words not presented on the list resulted with a mean probability of 65 for the recall of studied words while for the lure words a mean probability being recalled was 40 Cited in Henry L Roediger 111 and Kathleen B McDermott 1995This however can be explained in many factors such as that the priming of ideas became known once a related concept was activated Cited in Gray 2002 Also another factor is that phonetic characteristics are activated when studying words as well as semantic traits which are produced at an equal rate Cited in Jason M Watson David A Bolata and Henry L Roediger 111 2003 However false memories are likely to occur when studying semantically related lists due to associative priming where one concept triggers other ideas alike both semantically and phonetically Because the mind acts as a network all ideas are linked from one to another This allows the mind to understand its surroundings Cited in Gray 2002 The experiment undertaken on campus is based on the works of Watson Balota Roediger 2003 The experiment was done
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