Date of Award

2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Thesis

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Amanda Gingerich

Abstract

Verbal overshadowing is the process by which verbalizing memory interferes with the original memory (Schooler & Engstler-Schooler, 1990). While verbal overshadowing is robust with eyewitness events, it is not a definite occurrence. However, can verbal overshadowing affect memories of auditory information? Previous research on earwitness testimony has shown a verbal overshadowing effect in which the ability to accurately identify a witness's voice is impaired after verbally describing the voice participants heard (Perfect, Hunt, & Harris, 2002). I examined how voice lineup identification may be influenced by verbally describing a presented voice, a nonpresented voice, or an unrelated event. Results did not suggest a verbal overshadowing effect when the presented voice was described.

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