Dubious Decision Evidence and Criterion Flexibility in Recognition Memory
Journal Article - Open Access
University of California Santa Barbara United States
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When old new-recognition judgments must be based on ambiguous memory evidence, a proper criterion for responding old can substantially improve accuracy, but participants are typically suboptimal in their placement of decision criteria. Various accounts of suboptimal criterion placement have been proposed. The most parsimonious, however, is that subjects simply over rely on memory evidence - however faulty - as a basis for decisions.