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Title

Oh, I've always believed that: Biased memory for previous beliefs following belief change

Department

Psychology Department

College

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Abstract

When belief change results from comprehension, can previous beliefs be accurately recalled? Subjects reported beliefs about spanking. Later, subjects read a one-sided spanking text that was belief consistent or inconsistent, reported beliefs, and recollected their previous belief. Subjects reading belief inconsistent texts changed beliefs. Recollections of previous beliefs were more consistent with current beliefs than actual previous beliefs. On-line and off-line comprehension measures provided partial predictions of belief change, but not belief memory bias.

Conference Name

Conference of the Society for Text & Discourse

Conference Location

Valencia, Spain

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