Did the perpetrator have a gun, or did he not? – Children’s false memories and the developmental reversal phenomenon


  • Lisanne Schreurs
  • Sanne Rooimans




Developmental reversal in false memories is the counterintuitive phenomenon that older children and adults are more prone to developing false memories than younger children and that false memories increase with age. The current paper discusses the theories behind this phenomenon and the paradigms that can be used to investigate it. Not only age is a prominent factor in the development of false memories. The role of emotional load of the falsely remembered words will also be investigated.


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