Assassination of a controversial politician: remembering details from another non-existent film
Version of Record online: 29 JUN 2006
Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Applied Cognitive Psychology
Special Issue: Bethschrift Redux: Research Inspired by the Work of Elizabeth F. Loftus
Volume 20, Issue 5, pages 591–596, July 2006
How to Cite
Jelicic, M., Smeets, T., Peters, M. J.V., Candel, I., Horselenberg, R. and Merckelbach, H. (2006), Assassination of a controversial politician: remembering details from another non-existent film. Appl. Cognit. Psychol., 20: 591–596. doi: 10.1002/acp.1210
- Issue online: 29 JUN 2006
- Version of Record online: 29 JUN 2006
- Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). Grant Number: 452-02-006
We asked undergraduate students (N = 83) if they had seen non-existent video footage of the assassination of Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn, and whether they could remember details of this footage. Sixty-three percent of the participants indicated they had seen the footage, and 23% were able to provide details of this footage. Participants with ‘memories’ of the non-existent footage had higher fantasy proneness scores than those who could not remember this footage. Results underscore the malleability of our autobiographical memory. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.