Arielle Branco


Retrieval Enhanced Suggestibility (RES) is a phenomenon which occurs when participants are given an initial memory test followed by misinformation. The present study found that the manipulation of the authority of misleading information does not have an effect on RES. Ninety-nine undergraduate students completed five phases: watching a video, taking/not taking an initial test, assignment of authority level, presentation of misleading narrative, and a final memory test. The results indicate that testing condition was significant with those who took an initial memory test reporting more misinformation. Sentence type for response time was also significant with control sentences being read faster than consistent or misleading. These results either suggest that misinformation is more influential than authority, or that our authority manipulation was weak.