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True and false intentions: On how location familiarity affects how people remember and report on their mental images.

Författare och institution:
Melanie Knieps (Psykologiska institutionen)
Publicerad i:
the 23rd conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law, Coventry, England.,
Konferensbidrag - refereegranskat abstract
Sammanfattning (abstract):
When people plan future actions they often visualize these events by mental images. Research indicates that our ability to simulate future actions (episodic future thinking; EFT) relies on the episodic details stored in our memory. A factor affecting our ability to simulate future actions is how familiar we are with the location. We have previously argued and found that asking for mental images is a promising way to capture differences between suspects lying and telling the truth about their intentions. The aim of the present study was to examine how location-familiarity affects lying and truth telling individuals when they visualize mental images during the planning-phase. Specifically, we predict that lying participants will remember and report less clear mental images when constructing a convincing cover-story (i.e., ‘false intent’ which a guilty suspect needs to mask his criminal intention) than truth telling participants reporting their ‘true intent’ (i.e., the intention a person really holds). The results and their implications will be discussed.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Episodic future thought (EFT); mental images; true and false intentions; deception detection, familiarity
Postens nummer:
Posten skapad:
2013-11-21 13:45
Posten ändrad:
2014-01-16 11:17

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