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Social interactions can simultaneously enhance and distort memories: Evidence from a collaborative recognition task

Abel, Magdalena ; Bäuml, Karl-Heinz T.


Social interactions can strengthen memories, but they can also contaminate them, for instance, when individuals integrate misinformation from social sources into their own memories. In two experiments, we examined such social contagion in a novel recognition-based collaboration task. Groups of three subjects studied lists of words in isolation, but unbeknownst to subjects, only half of these ...


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