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ERIC Number: EJ874775
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0193-3973
Long-Term Stability of Young Children's Eyewitness Accuracy, Suggestibility, and Resistance to Misinformation
Lehman, Elyse Brauch; McKinley, Marcia J.; Thompson, David W.; Leonard, Ann Marie; Liebman, Julie I.; Rothrock, Danielle D.
Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, v31 n2 p145-154 Mar-Apr 2010
Forty 4-year-olds and 39 6-year-olds participated in a modified misinformation-effects paradigm. At time 1 they reviewed a story and some of the children were asked questions about it in either recall or recognition format. Three weeks later they were given misinformation about some of the story events. The following week they were asked the original questions. Two years later the procedure was repeated with a different story for 31 of the children. Although 4-year-olds overtly disagreed more times than the older children did when misinformation was initially presented, this resistance did not affect their accuracy or suggestibility scores. The 6-year-olds became more resistant to the suggestive effects of misinformation when they were given an immediate recall test or when given the opportunity to disagree with misinformation. Significant test-retest correlations occurred over a two year period for both story accuracy and one of the suggestibility scores. (Contains 1 figure and 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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