On the alleged memory-undermining effects of daydreaming

H. Otgaar, C. Cleere, H. Merckelbach, M. Peters, M. Jelicic, S.J. Lynn

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Abstract

In three experiments, we examined the memory-undermining effects of daydreaming for (un)related stimuli. In Experiments 1 and 2, we tested whether daydreaming fosters forgetting of semantically interrelated material and hence, catalyzes false memory production. In Experiment 3, we examined the memory effects of different daydreaming instructions. In Experiment 1, daydreaming did not undermine correct recall of semantically interrelated words, nor did it affect false memories. In Experiment 2, we again failed to find that daydreaming exerted memory-undermining effects a. In Experiment 3, no memory effects were obtained using different daydreaming instructions. Together, our studies fail to show appreciable memory-undermining effects of daydreaming. (C) 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-17
Number of pages10
JournalConsciousness and Cognition
Volume39
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

Keywords

  • Memory
  • Daydreaming
  • False memory
  • Forgetting
  • FALSE MEMORIES
  • DISSOCIATION
  • INTRUSIONS
  • IMMEDIATE
  • SCALE
  • LISTS

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