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The effect of distinctive facial features on destination memory


Destination memory involves remembering to whom we told information. Low accuracy of this memory is linked to higher self-focus and lower attentional resources allocated to the recipient of the information. The present paper aimed to investigate whether the existence of distinctive features (e.g., tattoos) of destination face would improve destination memory, in a within- (Experiment 1 and 2) and between-participants (Experiment 3) design. In a destination memory task, participants had to tell proverbs to faces that presented a distinctive feature and to other faces that did not. Results showed that a destination memory advantage only occurs when faces with different distinctive features are compared to faces without distinctive features (Experiment 1). These results are in accordance with the existing theoretical framework on destination memory and distinctiveness; highlighting the importance of personal attributes, namely, the distinctiveness of the destination face and the relativity of distinctiveness in destination memory.
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hal-03349607 , version 1 (20-09-2021)



Catarina Barros, Pedro Albuquerque, Raquel Pinto, Mohamad El Haj. The effect of distinctive facial features on destination memory. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 2021, 62 (4), pp.502-509. ⟨10.1111/sjop.12734⟩. ⟨hal-03349607⟩
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