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The Role of Self-Construal in Eyewitness Memories: Susceptibility to Different Sources of Information

Authors:

Serra Tekin,

SE
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Katharina Brecht ,

DE
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Madeleine Mahin Dalsklev,

University of Oslo, NO
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Malgorzata Irminska,

GB
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Laurien Nagels-Coune,

BE
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Ivica Simkovicova,

SK
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Julie Holm Thorvaldsen,

NO
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Shancong Yu

CH
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Abstract

Eyewitness memories are malleable and can be influenced by many factors. This study focuses on how construal of the self can influence the memory and create the post-event misinformation effect. It is hypothesised that individuals with interdependent self-construal are more influenced by an authoritative source than individuals with independent self-construal. After watching a short clip showing a theft, participants were presented with a co-witness testimony including some misinformation, which came either from a police officer off-duty or an anonymous passer-by. Participants, aged 18-35, were recruited in Belgium, Germany, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland and the UK. They were evaluated regarding their independence/interdependence with the Self-Construal Scale.

How to Cite: Tekin, S., Brecht, K., Dalsklev, M.M., Irminska, M., Nagels-Coune, L., Simkovicova, I., Holm Thorvaldsen, J. and Yu, S., 2013. The Role of Self-Construal in Eyewitness Memories: Susceptibility to Different Sources of Information. Journal of European Psychology Students, 4(2), pp.1–8. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jeps.be
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Published on 15 Sep 2013.
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