How Cognitive Resources Alter our Perception of the Past: Ego Depletion Enhances the Susceptibility to Suggestion
Article first published online: 21 JUN 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Applied Cognitive Psychology
Volume 26, Issue 1, pages 159–163, January/February 2012
How to Cite
Otgaar, H., Alberts, H. and Cuppens, L. (2012), How Cognitive Resources Alter our Perception of the Past: Ego Depletion Enhances the Susceptibility to Suggestion. Appl. Cognit. Psychol., 26: 159–163. doi: 10.1002/acp.1810
- Issue published online: 18 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 21 JUN 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 26 APR 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 18 APR 2011
- Manuscript Received: 16 FEB 2011
Studies show that engaging in self-control results in deteriorated performance on subsequent tasks. In legal settings, witnesses and/or suspects are probably involved in self-control (e.g. controlling their emotions). The current study tested whether such involvement in self-control would lead to increased suggestibility levels. We found direct evidence for this. Forty-four participants were randomly divided into a high level of depletion condition (regulation of attention) or a low level of depletion condition (no regulation of attention). Also, they were presented with a suggestibility measure (Gudjonsson Suggestibility Scale). We showed that depleted participants were significantly more suggestible than non-depleted participants. Our findings are relevant in situations in which suggestive practices may take place. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.