Older, not younger, children learn more false facts from stories.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Early school-aged children listened to stories that contained correct and incorrect facts. All ages answered more questions correctly after having heard the correct fact in the story. Only the older children, however, produced story errors on a later general knowledge test. Source errors did not drive the increased suggestibility in older children, as they were better at remembering source than were the younger children. Instead, different processes are involved in learning correct and incorrect facts from fictional sources. All ages benefited from hearing correct answers because they activated a pre-existing semantic network. Older children, however, were better able to form memories of the misinformation and thus showed greater suggestibility on the general knowledge test.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Fazio, LK; Marsh, EJ

Published Date

  • February 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 106 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 1081 - 1089

PubMed ID

  • 17540354

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-7838

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0010-0277

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.cognition.2007.04.012


  • eng