Protecting against misleading post-event information with a self-administered interview

Fiona Gabbert, Lorraine Hope, Ronald P. Fisher, Kat Jamieson

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    Two studies investigated whether an early recall opportunity, in the form of a self-administered interview (SAI), reduced forgetting and protected against the negative consequences of post-event misinformation. In both studies, participants viewed a simulated crime on DVD after which half immediately recorded their statement by using the SAI, whereas control participants did not have an immediate recall opportunity. Following a delay, participants were presented with misinformation encountered either in a misleading news report (Study 1) or in the form of misleading cued-recall questions (Study 2). Results showed that participants who had completed a SAI after witnessing an event were significantly less prone to forgetting and significantly more resistant to the negative consequences of misinformation. The SAI was able to protect both the quantity and quality of information about a previously witnessed event. Applied implications are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)568–575
    Number of pages8
    JournalApplied Cognitive Psychology
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012


    • Cognitive interview
    • Recall
    • Recognition
    • Long-term retention
    • Eyewitness suggestibiity
    • Psychology
    • Experimental


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