Retelling is not the same as recalling: Implications for memory

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In contrast to laboratory free recall (which emphasizes detailed and accurate remembering), conversational retellings depend upon the speaker's goals, the audience, and the social context more generally. Because memories are frequently retrieved in social contexts, retellings of events are often incomplete or distorted, with consequences for later memory. Selective rehearsal contributes to the memory effects, as does the schema activated during retelling. Retellings can be linked to memory errors observed in domains such as eyewitness testimony and flashbulb memories; in all of these situations, people retell events rather than engage in verbatim remembering. Copyright © 2007 Association for Psychological Science.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Marsh, EJ

Published Date

  • February 1, 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 16 - 20

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1467-8721

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0963-7214

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1467-8721.2007.00467.x

Citation Source

  • Scopus