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Reduced Impact of Imagery Processing on False Autobiographical Recollection: The Effects of Dynamic Visual Noise.

Parker, A and Dagnall, N (2018) Reduced Impact of Imagery Processing on False Autobiographical Recollection: The Effects of Dynamic Visual Noise. Memory, 27 (2). pp. 163-173. ISSN 0965-8211

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Abstract

Research has demonstrated that merely imagining an autobiographical event can bring about false memories for that event. One explanation for this is that imagination leads to the creation and incorporation of visual-imagistic information into the event representation. This idea was tested in two experiments in which visual-imagery processing was disrupted by the use of Dynamic Visual Noise (DVN). In Experiment 1, autobiographical memories that were rated as ‘known’ and lacking in event detail were subsequently rated as more ‘remembered’ following imagination. In Experiment 2, imagination led to improbable autobiographical events being rated as more believable and vivid. In both experiments, interfering with imagery processing by DVN reduced these effects. It was concluded that visual-imagistic processing plays an important role in altering the mnemonic status of autobiographical representations.

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