Extending the revelation effect to faces: Haven't we met before?

Brian H. Bornstein, Jeffrey R. Wilson

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The revelation effect is an episodic memory phenomenon where participants are more likely to report that they recognise an item when it is judged after an interpolated task than when it is not. Although this effect is very robust, nearly all of the extant research has used verbal or readily verbalisable stimuli. The present two experiments examined whether a revelation effect could be produced with non-verbal stimuli such as faces. A revelation effect was found in both experiments, for both targets and lures, using faces as stimuli. The findings are integrated into the prevailing empirical frameworks for the revelation effect and face recognition memory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)140-146
Number of pages7
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • General Psychology


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