Bearing false witness under pressure: Implicit and explicit components of stereotype-driven memory distortions

Jeffrey Sherman, Carla J. Groom, Katja Ehrenberg, Karl Christoph Klauer

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Abstract

This research asked why people falsely remember stereotype-consistent information when cognitive resources are depleted. A task adapted from Jacoby's (1991) process dissociation procedure assessed participants' ability to distinguish between distractor items and behaviors performed by a stereotyped target. A multinomial analysis revealed that when cognitive capacity was restricted, participants were less likely to base judgments of stereotype-consistent behaviors on recollection and more likely to respond based on the mere familiarity of the behaviors. Capacity depletion did not affect the basis for judging stereotype-inconsistent items, nor did depletion promote simple stereotype-consistent response bias. We discuss the implications for stereotyping and eyewitness testimony.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-246
Number of pages34
JournalSocial Cognition
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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