Manipulating power can affect memory conformity
Article first published online: 31 MAR 2007
Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Applied Cognitive Psychology
Volume 22, Issue 2, pages 207–216, March 2008
How to Cite
Skagerberg, E. M. and Wright, D. B. (2008), Manipulating power can affect memory conformity. Appl. Cognit. Psychol., 22: 207–216. doi: 10.1002/acp.1353
- Issue published online: 6 MAR 2008
- Article first published online: 31 MAR 2007
Memory is malleable and open to influence between encoding and retrieval. Information about a past event given to us by, for example, a co-witness can be incorporated into our own memory reports. Pairs of participants were shown 50 photographs of faces, given a power task where one had to be a designer (low-power) and one a judge (high-power), and then given a recognition test where one partner had to answer before the other. The individuals in the low-power group were more influenced by their partner's responses than those in the high-power group. This has important forensic, educational and organisational applications and shows that memory conformity can be manipulated by power. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.