Memory for the Time of "60 Minutes" Stories and News Events
This study tested whether impressions of the temporal distances of past events provide differentiated information about the times of events from the past months. Participants judged the times of stories from the television show "60 Minutes" that were not easily linked to contemporaneous events and, in a comparison condition, of news events. They also compared the relative recency of pairs of "60 Minutes" stories that had been broadcast the same week or during different weeks. Results showed that the times of "60 Minutes" stories could be differentiated if they fell within the past 1 to 2 months, but the times of older events were mainly undifferentiated. Memory for the temporal contiguity of "60 Minutes" stories was also very poor. The times of news stories were accurate throughout the range of times. These findings provide information about the time course over which distance information is useful.
Friedman, William J., and Janellen Huttenlocher. 1997. "Memory for the Time of '60 Minutes' Stories and News Events." Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition 23(3): 560-569.
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Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition