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Title: Do stress and anxiety impact memory? an exploratory portuguese study
Authors: Alho, Laura
Rodrigues, Pedro
Fidalgo, Cátia
Keywords: Memory errors
Forensic psychology
Issue Date: Oct-2019
Citation: Alho, L., Rodrigues, P. & Fidalgo, C. (2019). Do stress and anxiety impact memory? an exploratory portuguese study. Global Journal of Psychological Research, 1(3), 31-38. https// Repositório Institucional UPT.
Abstract: Eyewitness memory is widely studied in the forensic context, due to their proneness to make unreliable testimonies. Understanding which factors may impact memory is determinant to avoid wrongful convictions in court. In this exploratory study, the relation between stress and anxiety and memory errors (spontaneous and induced) was analyzed being hypothesized that negative emotions may impair memory performance. Crime and neutral videos were presented to 80 volunteer university students in a between subject-design. They were asked to fill some stress and anxiety scales throughout the experimental task, as well as a free recall task. Also, it was presented several questions about the videos in which spontaneous and induced errors were assessed. Results suggests that stress and anxiety did not influence the quantity of memory errors for both genders. However, overall memory performance was poor for both conditions. Our results were discussed in light to existing theories about the relation between stress-anxiety and memory
ISSN: 2330-913X (Print)
2334-2021 (Electronic)
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