When Being Sad Improves Memory Accuracy: The Role of Mood in Inadvertent Plagiarism

Amanda C. Gingerich, Butler University

Note: Please see the attached Power Point, too.

This invited talk has also been given at the following colleges:

- Butler University, November 2007

- DePauw University, December 2007


Inadvertent plagiarism was investigated in participants who had been induced into a happy or sad mood either before encoding or before retrieval of items generated in a puzzle task. Results indicate that participants in a sad mood made fewer memory errors in which they claimed as their own an idea generated by another source than did those in a happy mood. However, this effect occurred only when mood was induced before encoding.