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  • 1. Allwood, Carl Martin
    et al.
    Granhag, Pär Anders
    Jonsson, Anna-Carin
    University of Borås, School of Education and Behavioural Science.
    Child witnesses' metamemory realism2006In: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, ISSN 0036-5564, E-ISSN 1467-9450, ISSN 0036-5564, Vol. 47, no 6, p. 461-470Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study investigated the degree of realism in the confidence judgments of 11 to 12-year-olds (41 girls and 40 boys) of their answers to questions relating to a short film clip showing a kidnapping event. Four different confidence scales were used: a numeric scale, a picture scale, a line scale and a written scale. The results demonstrated that the children showed a high level of overconfidence in their memories. However, no significant differences between the four confidence scales were found. Weak gender differences were found in that the girls were slightly, but significantly, better calibrated than the boys. In addition, although both boys and girls overestimated the total number of memory questions they had answered correctly, the boys gave higher estimates compared with the girls. In brief, the results indicate that, at least in the context investigated, 11–12 year-old children’s confidence in and estimations of their own event memory show poor realism (overconfidence and overestimation). A comparison with previous research on adults indicates that 11 to 12-year-old children show noticeably poorer realism.

  • 2. Allwood, Carl Martin
    et al.
    Granhag, Pär Anders
    Jonsson, Anna-Carin
    University of Borås, School of Education and Behavioural Science.
    Does mood influence the realism of confidence judgments?2002In: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, ISSN 0036-5564, E-ISSN 1467-9450, Vol. 43, no 3, p. 253-260Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Previous research has shown that mood affects cognition, but the extent to which mood affects meta–cognitive judgments is a relatively overlooked issue. In the current study we investigated how mood influences the degree of realism in participants’ confidence judgments (based on an episodic memory task). Using music and film in combination, we successfully induced an elated mood in half of the participants, but failed to induce a sad mood in the other half. In line with previous research, the participants in both conditions were overconfident in their judgments. However, and contrary to our prediction, our data indicated that there was no difference in the realism of the confidence between the conditions. When relating this result to previous research, our conclusion is that there is no, or very little, influence of mood of moderate intensity on the realism of confidence judgments.

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