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Am J Psychol. 2000 Winter;113(4):569-90.

Memory characteristics of recently imagined events and real events experienced previously.

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  • 1University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA.


In two experiments, we evaluated the memory characteristics of real and imagined events as they changed over time. Memories of real events were richer than memories of imagined events, and memories of recent events were richer than of events from a week earlier. These differences interacted such that memories of real events performed in week 1 were very similar to memories of events that were imagined in week 2. Source monitoring was tested and implications for the repressed or recovered memory debate are considered.

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