Yuille & Cutshall (1986)

IB Psychology: Yuille & Cutshall (1986)

Yuille & Cutshall (1986) carried out a study to demonstrate the reliability of memory that challenged the findings of Loftus & Palmer (1974). You can use this study for the following content in the cognitive approach:Research methods used in the cognitive approach.To what extent is one cognitive process reliable?The abstract of the original study is available here.The aim of the study was to determine whether leading...


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Comments 4

Karin Layer 16 October 2017 - 11:14

Why was there "an attempt deceiving the participants"?

John Crane 16 October 2017 - 15:06

Karin, they tried to manipulate their responses with leading questions - such as "did you see the yellow door?"

Zheng Li 11 April 2018 - 13:20

John, why do you think it is an experiment? Is that because they manipulate the variables (leading questions)? But is there any control group?

John Crane 12 April 2018 - 05:15

Dear Zheng

This is a difficult one to classify. I would never have students use it to answer a methodology question. The original study actually calls it a field experiment. Some sites call it a case study. It does not really meet the requirements of either. The study is not longitudinal and it is debatable whether it uses method triangulation. There is also the question for an experiment whether it meets the requirements of a quasi-experiment as it does not have a control group. I think that this is a good example for students of the failings of the labels of research methods. But I do think I will take out that line about it being a field experiment. Thanks, Zheng.


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