The devil is not in the detail: Reply to Belli (2022)

Hartmut Blank*, Ewa Skopicz-Radkiewicz, Vasudevi Reddy

*Corresponding author for this work

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We welcome Belli's (Applied Cognitive Psychology, 2022, 36, 477) comments on our double misinformation research and the opportunity to discuss the involved processes. We agree that our studies do not rule out (some of) the interference mechanisms specified by Belli (Applied Cognitive Psychology, 2022, 36, 477)—because they were never designed for this purpose. Instead, the logic of our studies is at a molar level, potentially involving different molecular-level interference or non-interference mechanisms. We concede that specific interference mechanisms may operate in specific circumstances but maintain that our new research approach—adding further contradictory misinformation on top of existing misinformation to reduce the misinformation effect—does pose a challenge for interference accounts in general.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)482-486
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Cognitive Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 27 Mar 2022


  • discrepancy detection
  • eyewitness memory
  • memory conversion
  • memory interference
  • misinformation


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