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Collaborative remembering: When can remembering with others be beneficial?

Celia B. Harris (
Paul G. Keil
John Sutton
Amanda J. Barnier
Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science, Macquarie University, Sydney


Experimental memory research has traditionally focused on the individual, and viewed social influence as a source of error or inhibition. However, in everyday life, remembering is often a social activity, and theories from philosophy and psychology predict benefits of shared remembering. In a series of studies, both experimental and more qualitative, we attempted to bridge this gap by examining the effects of collaboration on memory in a variety of situations and in a variety of groups. We discuss our results in terms of a functional view of collaborative remembering, and consider when and in what ways remembering with others might help or hinder memory.

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Harris, C., Keil, P., Sutton, J., Barnier, A. (2010). Collaborative Remembering: When Can Remembering With Others Be Beneficial? In W. Christensen, E. Schier, and J. Sutton (Eds.), ASCS09: Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the Australasian Society for Cognitive Science (pp. 131-134). Sydney: Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science.

DOI: 10.5096/ASCS200921
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