alexa Individual differences in children’s and adults’ suggestibility and false event memory
Social & Political Sciences

Social & Political Sciences

Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism

Author(s): Jodi A Quas, Jianjian Qin, Jennifer M Schaaf, Gail S Goodman

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In this article, we provide an overview of the emerging area of research concerning individual differences in children's memory, suggestibility, and false event reports. We begin with a discussion of recent research on children's false event memories. We then review research and theory concerning sources of individual differences in children's memory and suggestibility, including both cognitive (e.g., understanding of dual representations, source monitoring, imaginativeness, and event knowledge), and social-personality (e.g., attachment styles and temperament, parent-child communication, and sequelae of maltreatment) influences, and we highlight implications of these sources for children's false event reports. Finally, we examine how individual-difference factors proposed to mediate adults' false memories relate to those that may mediate children's false memories.

This article was published in Learning and IndividualDifferences and referenced in Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism

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