The role of need for cognitive closure in retrieval-induced forgeting and misinformation efects in eyewitness memory

Gennaro Pica, Antonio Pierro, Jocelyn J. Bélanger, Arie W. Kruglanski

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The present research examined the role of the need for cognitive closure (NfCC) in the phenomenon of retrieval-induced forgetting (i.e., the forgetting of non-retrieved information induced by selective retrieval) and in subsequent post-event misinformation effects (i.e., the tendency to recall misleading post-event information in preference to originally presented items). In three experiments, it was shown that NfCC augments retrieval-induced forgetting which in turn magnifies misinformation effects in eyewitness situations. Overall, the present work highlights the crucial role of motivation in retrieval-induced forgetting and discusses the implications this has for eyewitness research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-359
Number of pages23
JournalSocial Cognition
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2014


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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