Memory and suggestibility in older adults: live event participation and repeated interview
Article first published online: 14 DEC 2004
Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Applied Cognitive Psychology
Special Issue: Individual and Developmental Differences in Suggestibility
Volume 18, Issue 8, pages 1109–1127, December 2004
How to Cite
Mueller-Johnson, K. and Ceci, S. J. (2004), Memory and suggestibility in older adults: live event participation and repeated interview. Appl. Cognit. Psychol., 18: 1109–1127. doi: 10.1002/acp.1078
- Issue published online: 14 DEC 2004
- Article first published online: 14 DEC 2004
- Cornell Gerontology Research Institute
One hundred and thirteen young (mean age: 20.2 years) and older adults (mean age: 76.4 years) participated in an event that entailed various relaxation techniques, such as a body massage and aromatherapy. On two separate occasions several weeks following participation, half of each group was given misleading information about certain aspects of the event, including suggestions that they had been massaged on parts of their body which had not been touched. Results showed that older adults were disproportionately influenced by the presentation of erroneous suggestions. These findings add to the small but growing body of knowledge about the vulnerability of older eyewitnesses. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.