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ERIC Number: EJ803974
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0211-2159
Influence of the Typicality of the Actions in a Mugging Script on Retrieval-Induced Forgetting
Migueles, Malen; Garcia-Bajos, Elvira
Psicologica: International Journal of Methodology and Experimental Psychology, v27 n1 p119-135 2006
Research has demonstrated that the act of remembering can prompt temporary forgetting or inhibition of related contents in memory. This study extends the retrieval-induced forgetting effect to the recall of actions of an event. Based on a normative data study, high- and low-typicality actions of a mugging event were selected. The participants studied verified facts (high-typicality actions) and non-verified facts (low-typicality actions). They then practiced retrieving half of the high- or low-typicality actions of the event, and a non-practice control group was added. In the final task the three groups tried to recall both verified and non-verified facts of the event. Conventional retrieval-induced forgetting was found for low-typicality actions, but a comparable forgetting effect did not emerge in the high-typicality actions. This finding suggests that the activation of scripts may protect typical event information from retrieval-induced forgetting. The integration of the script action makes them resistant to inhibitory processes. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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