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Psychol Sci. 2000 Jan;11(1):26-31.

False recognition in women reporting recovered memories of sexual abuse.

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Department of Psychology, Harvard University, 33 Kirkland St. Cambridge, MA 02138 USA.

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  • Psychol Sci 2000 May;11(3):265.


False recognition--the mistaken belief that one has previously encountered a novel item--was examined in four groups of subjects: women reporting recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse, women who believe that they were sexually abused as children but who cannot recall this abuse (the "repressed" group), women who were sexually abused as children and always remembered the abuse, and women with no history of childhood sexual abuse. Subjects were administered a Deese/Roediger-McDermott paradigm. The results suggest that the recovered-memory group was more prone to false recognition than the other groups. In addition, women reporting recovered and repressed memories showed greater reduction in false recognition across study trials than did other subjects, perhaps reflecting strategic changes in performance.

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