Ashley R. Lanys

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Undergraduate Thesis

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Undergraduate Honours Theses


The purpose of this study was to determine if mood congruency at times of encoding and retrieval would affect the accuracy of eyewitness testimony in the presence of misinformation. Participants consisted of 41 undergraduate students from an introductory psychology course. Participants engaged in an autobiographical mood inducement technique, completed mood scales, and were observed and later tested on a visual stimulus presented. The results indicated that the mood inducement technique was not successful. It was found that all participants performed better in the presence of misinformation than no misinformation. This study therefore does not provide support for a mood contextual effect.

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