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Should I believe this? Reality monitoring of accounts of self-experienced and invented recent and distant autobiographical events

Sporer, Siegfried L. and Sharman, Stefanie J 2006, Should I believe this? Reality monitoring of accounts of self-experienced and invented recent and distant autobiographical events, Applied cognitive psychology, vol. 20, pp. 837-854, doi: 10.1002/acp.1234.

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Title Should I believe this? Reality monitoring of accounts of self-experienced and invented recent and distant autobiographical events
Author(s) Sporer, Siegfried L.
Sharman, Stefanie JORCID iD for Sharman, Stefanie J orcid.org/0000-0002-0635-047X
Journal name Applied cognitive psychology
Volume number 20
Start page 837
End page 854
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Place of publication Bognor Regis, England
Publication date 2006
ISSN 0888-4080
1099-0720
Summary To examine personal and interpersonal reality monitoring, 240 participants wrote accounts of invented or self-experienced autobiographical events. Half the participants wrote about a distant event that happened before the age of 15 and half wrote about a recent event that happened after the age of 15. Using a yoked design, participants rated the qualitative details of their own accounts and the details of other participants’ accounts. Consistent with previous research, we found that self-experienced accounts contained more qualitative details than invented accounts, and that accounts of recent events contained more qualitative details than accounts of distant events. Participants rated their own accounts as more qualitatively detailed than other participants’ accounts, which suggests that they did not base their self-ratings solely on the written details. We discuss the practical and theoretical importance of our findings. Copyright # 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Language eng
DOI 10.1002/acp.1234
Field of Research 110317 Physiotherapy
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30029216

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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