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ERIC Number: EJ878525
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0278-7393
Higher Social Intelligence Can Impair Source Memory
Barber, Sarah J.; Franklin, Nancy; Naka, Makiko; Yoshimura, Hiroki
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, v36 n2 p545-551 Mar 2010
Source monitoring is made difficult when the similarity between candidate sources increases. The current work examines how individual differences in social intelligence and perspective-taking abilities serve to increase source similarity and thus negatively impact source memory. Strangers first engaged in a cooperative storytelling task. On each trial, a single word was shown to both participants, but only 1 participant was designated to add a story sentence, using this assigned word. As predicted, social intelligence negatively predicted performance in a subsequent source-monitoring task. In a 2nd study, preventing participants from being able to anticipate their partner's next contribution to the story eliminated the effect.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York