Date of Award

9-7-2014

Document Type

Thesis and Dissertation

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Department of Psychology

First Advisor

Steve Croker

Abstract

People often encounter conflicting information on a wide array of topics. How they evaluate this information in relation to their current beliefs, and the effects of other influences, such as the weight given to superficial aspects of the information (e.g. pictures, anecdotes, or jargon that are at most minimally related to an author's argument), has been of interest to researchers for many years. One component of their processing

and evaluation of this information is their memory for the information. This study set out to examine the following questions: (1) Is belief-congruent in

formation remembered better or worse than belief incongruent information? (2) Does the addition of superficial scientific information to belief-congruent or belief-incongruent information influence how well the newly presented information is remembered? (3) Does repeated testing have an effect on memory for the information? (4) Do any of these factors elicit a greater number of memory intrusions in a free recall task?

Comments

Imported from ProQuest Nuccio_ilstu_0092N_10354.pdf

Page Count

74

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