appicons_programming
Description

Authors:

  • Lisa Fazio, Vanderbilt Univ.
Repeated statements are typically judged as more true than novel statements. Across 3 experiments, we find that prior knowledge does not protect against this illusory truth effect. False statements that were read twice were given higher truth ratings than novel statements, even when the statements contradicted prior knowledge. Explaining why a statement was true or false did eliminate the effect.