Reference : Evidence of a verbal overshadowing effect in children
Scientific congresses and symposiums : Poster
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Theoretical & cognitive psychology
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/98093
Evidence of a verbal overshadowing effect in children
English
Vanootighem, Valentine mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département de Psychologie : cognition et comportement > Psychologie cognitive >]
Brédart, Serge mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département de Psychologie : cognition et comportement > Psychologie cognitive >]
Dehon, Hedwige mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département de Psychologie : cognition et comportement > Psychologie cognitive >]
1-Aug-2011
No
International
5th International Conference on Memory
York
England
[en] Verbal overshadowing ; children ; eyewitness
[en] The report of verbal descriptions of a culprit by adult witnesses may impair their later identification ability, a phenomenon known as the “verbal overshadowing effect (VO)” (Schooler & Englster-Schooler, 1990).
In spite of a large body of literature on the suggestibility of children testimony, only one study has examined whether descriptions also impaired children’s identification abilities in a single group of children (8-9 years old) and no evidence of VO was found (Memon & Rose, 2002). However, some procedural details were not controlled in this experiment and the absence of a control adult group did not allow determining whether the procedure used was able to induce a VO effect.
Hence, 2 experiments were conducted on several groups of children (7-8, 10-11, 13-14 years old) and adults to determine the influence of development on the VO effect. Overall, a VO effect on face identification was found in both experiments. The quality and influence of descriptors across the ages were also examined.
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/98093

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