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Title: Enhancing children's event recall after long delays
Authors: La Rooy, David J.
Pipe, Margaret-Ellen
Murray, Janice E.
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social & Health Sciences
Keywords: Children--Interviews
Issue Date: Jan-2007
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: Published version (c)Wiley-Blackwell, available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/acp.1272. The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.com
Citation: La Rooy, D., Pipe, M. and Murray, J.E. 2007. Enhancing children's event recall after long delays. Applied Cognitive Psychology. 21(1): pp.1-17. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/acp.1272
Abstract: The effects of context reinstatement as means of enhancing 5- and 6-year-old children's event memory in repeated interviews after a 6-month delay were examined. Children were interviewed immediately after the event (baseline interview) and twice at a 6-month delay, with 24 hours between interviews. The first 6-month interview was conducted in a perfect-context reinstatement (n = 15), imperfect-context reinstatement (n = 16), or no-context reinstatement (n = 15) condition. The second 6-month interview was conducted 24 hours later with no-context reinstatement for all children. Context reinstatement attenuated the effects of delay on recall. The accuracy of the details reported was greater in the perfect-context compared to the imperfect-context and no-context conditions. Details repeated between the immediate-baseline interview and in the first 6-month interview were more accurate than details repeated between the first and second 6-month interview. There was no increase in recall (hypermnesia) across the first and second 6-month interviews in any condition. Practical implications of these findings are discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/947
ISSN: 0888-4080
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