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ERIC Number: ED420011
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-13
Pages: 31
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Hierarchical Structure of Memory Beliefs.
Smith, Everett V., Jr.; Brown, Scott W.; Silver, Bethany B.; Garry, Maryanne; Loftus, Elizabeth
Beliefs about memories and about the ability to recall memories may affect the individual's recollection of facts and "events." What people believe about memory is investigated using previously analyzed and reported responses to the Beliefs about Memory Survey (BMS). The survey sample (N=1046) was randomly divided for calibration and replication analyses. Rasch models were derived and tested for fit. Analysis of the two samples and combined sample yielded similar results. While the principal components approach indicate three dimensions, Rasch methods support a unidimensional interpretation for a single memory beliefs variable. Group differences were investigated. The use of Rasch versus principle components modeling is discussed. Psychometric conclusions and applications of the findings in therapy, education and the legal system are discussed. BMS is appended along with tables and maps showing the analyses performed. (EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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