When Being Sad Improves Memory Accuracy: The Role of Affective State in Inadvertent Plagiarism
Author(s)Gingerich, Amanda C.
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AbstractInadvertent 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.