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Attractive memory: High destination memory for attractive faces

Abstract : Research has demonstrated that destination memory (i.e., the ability to remember to whom information was previously told) can be influenced by characteristics (e.g., emotional expressions and age) of the destination. Building on this literature, we investigated whether destination memory can be influenced by the attractiveness of the destination. We invited participants to give information on attractive faces, unattractive faces, or neither-attractive-nor-unattractive faces. On a recognition test, they were invited to decide to whom each piece of information had been previously told. Results demonstrated higher destination memory (1) for attractive faces than for neither-attractive-nor-unattractive faces, and (2) for unattractive faces than for neither-attractive-nor-unattractive faces. We attribute the higher destination memory for attractive and unattractive destinations to their distinctiveness compared with neutrally attractive destinations. We also provide some attentional explanations for the high memory for attractive and unattractive destinations.
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Mohamad El Haj, André Ndobo. Attractive memory: High destination memory for attractive faces. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, Wiley, 2021, 62 (1), pp.1-6. ⟨10.1111/sjop.12657⟩. ⟨hal-03349646⟩

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