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ERIC Number: EJ886959
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
ISSN: ISSN-0022-5002
Semantic False Memories in the Form of Derived Relational Intrusions Following Training
Guinther, Paul M.; Dougher, Michael J.
Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, v93 n3 p329-347 May 2010
Contemporary behavior analytic research is making headway in characterizing memory phenomena that typically have been characterized by cognitive models, and the current study extends this development by producing "false memories" in the form of functional equivalence responding. A match-to-sample training procedure was administered in order to encourage participants to treat groups of unrelated English words as being interchangeable. Following training, participants were presented with a list of words from within one of the groups for a free recall test and a recognition test. Results showed that participants were more likely to falsely recall and recognize words that had been assigned to the same group as the list words during prior training, relative to words not assigned to the same group and relative to words that co-occurred with list words. These results indicate that semantic relatedness can be experimentally manipulated in order to produce specific false memories. (Contains 5 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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