The effects of exemplar and prototype descriptors on verbal overshadowing
Applied Cognitive Psychology
Previous research has found that providing a verbal description for a face impedes later recognition of that face. The current experiment evaluates how the type of information participants are asked to provide about the face affects later recognition. Participants provided attribute, exemplar or prototype information about a person they saw commit a videotaped crime. The verbal overshadowing effect was replicated for participants in the attribute condition. Exemplar participants reproduced this effect, while prototype participants performed nearly as well as controls. Theoretical and practical implications of the type of information witnesses are asked to provide are discussed. Copyright © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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MacLin, M. Kimberly, "The effects of exemplar and prototype descriptors on verbal overshadowing" (2002). Faculty Publications. 3360.