alexa Photographs cause false memories for the news.
Social & Political Sciences

Social & Political Sciences

Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism

Author(s): Strange D, Garry M, Bernstein DM, Lindsay DS

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Abstract What is the effect on memory when seemingly innocuous photos accompany false reports of the news? We asked people to read news headlines of world events, some of which were false. Half the headlines appeared with photographs that were tangentially related to the event; others were presented without photographs. People saw each headline only once, and indicated whether they remembered the event, knew about it, or neither. Photos led people to immediately and confidently remember false news events. Drawing on the Source Monitoring Framework (Johnson, Hashtroudi, & Lindsay, 1993), we suggest that people often relied on familiarity and other heuristic processes when making their judgments and thus experienced effects of the photos as evidence of memory for the headlines. Published by Elsevier B.V. This article was published in Acta Psychol (Amst) and referenced in Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism

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