Altering false reports via confederate influence

James Ost, I. Hogbin, P. Granhag

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The present experiment examined the effects of confederate influence on the likelihood that participants would claim to have witnessed non‐existent footage of a highly charged public event. A total of 48 participants completed a questionnaire, in the presence of a confederate, concerning their memory for (non‐existent) closed circuit television (CCTV) footage of an explosion in a Bali nightclub. Overall, 19 participants (39%) claimed falsely to have seen this non‐existent footage. Furthermore, participants increased or suppressed their false reports in line with confirmative or disconfirmative social influence exerted by the confederate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-116
Number of pages12
JournalSocial Influence
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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