The power of the spoken word : sociolinguistic cues influence the misinformation effect

Vornik, Lana, Sharman, Stefanie and Garry, Maryanne 2003, The power of the spoken word : sociolinguistic cues influence the misinformation effect, Memory, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 101-109, doi: 10.1080/741938170.

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Title The power of the spoken word : sociolinguistic cues influence the misinformation effect
Author(s) Vornik, Lana
Sharman, StefanieORCID iD for Sharman, Stefanie
Garry, Maryanne
Journal name Memory
Volume number 11
Issue number 1
Start page 101
End page 109
Publisher Psychology Press
Place of publication Hove, England
Publication date 2003
ISSN 0965-8211
Summary We investigated whether the sociolinguistic information delivered by spoken, accented postevent narratives would influence the misinformation effect. New Zealand subjects listened to misleading postevent information spoken in either a New Zealand (NZ) or North American (NA) accent. Consistent with earlier research, we found that NA accents were seen as more powerful and more socially attractive. We found that accents per se had no influence on the misinformation effect but sociolinguistic factors did: both power and social attractiveness affected subjects' susceptibility to misleading postevent suggestions. When subjects rated the speaker highly on power, social attractiveness did not matter; they were equally misled. However, when subjects rated the speaker low on power, social attractiveness did matter: subjects who rated the speaker high on social attractiveness were more misled than subjects who rated it lower. There were similar effects for confidence. These results have implications for our understanding of social influences on the misinformation effect.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/741938170
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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