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Collaborative RememberingTheories, Research, and Applications$
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Michelle L. Meade, Celia B. Harris, Penny Van Bergen, John Sutton, and Amanda J. Barnier

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198737865

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198737865.001.0001

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Memory Conformity Following Collaborative Remembering

Memory Conformity Following Collaborative Remembering

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(p.100) Chapter 6 Memory Conformity Following Collaborative Remembering
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Collaborative Remembering
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Fiona Gabbert

Rebecca Wheeler

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198737865.003.0006

Despite natural differences in the way individuals initially remember the same encoded event, research shows that when people discuss their memories they can influence each other such that their subsequent individual memory reports become similar. This phenomenon is referred to as “memory conformity.” It can occur because people accept, and later report, information that is suggested to them in the course of the discussion. In the interest of both theoretical and applied implications, researchers have investigated factors that can increase and decrease the memory conformity effect. This chapter presents methodological approaches to investigating memory conformity, typical research findings, and current theoretical explanations that help account for the phenomenon.

Keywords:   memory conformity, collaborative remembering, suggestibility, memory, memory reliability, discussion

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