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verbal overshadowing Syllabification: ver·bal o·ver·shad·ow·ing

Entry from US English dictionary

Definition of verbal overshadowing in English:


The tendency of verbalization to impair the recall of visual memories, resulting in unreliable eyewitness accounts.
Example sentences
  • The effects of verbal overshadowing are crucial for eyewitness accounts.
  • There was a weak trend consistent with verbal overshadowing such that providing a verbal description reduced performance slightly.
  • The three papers below describe the verbal overshadowing effect in more detail.
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