First Advisor

Miller, Amanda

Second Advisor

Dimos, Jonathan


Regis College

Degree Name



Regis College Senior Honors Program

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access



Number of Pages

49 pages


This thesis investigates the co11nection between memory and identity through the use of popular culture examples, psychological research, and the history of the field of clinical and counseling psychology. It also analyses the impact that memory inaccuracies may have on an individual's sense of identity. This is followed with an empirical study investigating the effects of emotion and different forms of stimuli on an individual's susceptibility to the misinformation effect. The misinformation effect occurs when incorrect information is integrated into one's memory of an event. There is discrepancy in the current literature about how emotions affect one's susceptibility to the misinformation effect. This thesis investigates if methodological differences found in previous studies were causing this discrepancy. Positive and negative emotions, as well as video and picture stimuli were tested to investigate the impact of these factors on susceptibility to the misinfmmation effect. There were no statistically significant results found in tllis investigation, suggesting that there is an outside factor causing this discrepancy that must be investigated further.

Date of Award

Spring 2016

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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