Applying Retrieval-Induced Forgetting to Children's Testimony
Article first published online: 5 AUG 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Applied Cognitive Psychology
Volume 26, Issue 5, pages 796–801, September/October 2012
How to Cite
Phenix, T. L. and Price, H. L. (2012), Applying Retrieval-Induced Forgetting to Children's Testimony. Appl. Cognit. Psychol., 26: 796–801. doi: 10.1002/acp.2861
- Issue published online: 17 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 5 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 29 JUN 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 27 JUN 2012
- Manuscript Received: 3 MAR 2012
When a crime has been committed, investigators must obtain as much and as accurate information as possible from witnesses. Initial incomplete interviews may pose a potential cost to unretrieved information. We explored retrieval-induced forgetting (RIF) in children's autobiographical memory for related episodic events. Children experienced four related play sessions across 4 days, followed by word stem retrieval practice of half of the items, and a cued recall task that took place either 15 minutes or 2 hours later. Categorized details were experienced either within a single day or across multiple days. The emergence of RIF was dependent upon the length of delay between practice and test phases and the temporal distribution of the episodic events. Our observations demonstrate that RIF can be a subtle phenomenon whose occurrence depends upon whether the retrieval context supports an environment of retrieval interference. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.