This study used a laboratory-based paradigm to investigate social influences on participants' susceptibility to misleading suggestions. Participants viewed a video clip of an action sequence with one or more peers, and then were required to discuss the event with the co-witness or with the group of co-witnesses. During the discussion a confederate, posing as a peer, presented misinformation about central and peripheral features of the co-witnessed event. Results indicated that participants were more susceptible to misleading suggestions during one-on-one discussions than during group discussions. In addition, participants were susceptible to misleading suggestions about central features of the witnessed event, although to a lesser extent than they were susceptible to misleading suggestions about peripheral features.

dx.doi.org/10.1080/09658210500495073
Memory
Department of Psychology

Howard, A.L, & Daneman, M. (Meredyth). (2006). Social suggestibility to central and peripheral misinformation. Memory, 14(4), 486–501. doi:10.1080/09658210500495073