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Borrowing Personal Memories

dc.contributor.author Brown, AS
dc.contributor.author Croft Caderao, K
dc.contributor.author Fields, LM
dc.contributor.author Marsh, EJ
dc.date.accessioned 2015-08-14T20:12:32Z
dc.date.issued 2015-01-01
dc.identifier.issn 0888-4080
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/10380
dc.description.abstract © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.The present investigation documents memory borrowing in college-age students, defined as the telling of others' autobiographical stories as if they are one's own. In both pilot and online surveys, most undergraduates admit to borrowing personal stories from others or using details from others' experiences to embellish their own retellings. These behaviors appear primarily motivated by a desire to permanently incorporate others' experiences into one's own autobiographical record (appropriation), but other reasons include to temporarily create a more coherent or engaging conversational exchange (social connection), simplify conveying somebody else's interesting experience (convenience), or make oneself look good (status enhancement). A substantial percentage of respondents expressed uncertainty as to whether an autobiographical experience actually belonged to them or to someone else, and most respondents have confronted somebody over ownership of a particular story. Documenting memory borrowing is important as the behavior has potential consequences for the creation of false memories.
dc.publisher John Wiley and Sons Ltd
dc.relation.ispartof Applied Cognitive Psychology
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1002/acp.3130
dc.title Borrowing Personal Memories
dc.type Journal article
duke.contributor.id Marsh, EJ|0312361
pubs.begin-page 471
pubs.end-page 477
pubs.issue 3
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.organisational-group Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
pubs.organisational-group Institutes and Provost's Academic Units
pubs.organisational-group Psychology and Neuroscience
pubs.organisational-group Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
pubs.organisational-group University Institutes and Centers
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 29
dc.identifier.eissn 1099-0720


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