Recollection of repeated dental visits

SND-ID: EXT 0200

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Pär-Anders Granhag - University of Gothenburg, Department of Psychology orcid

Rebecca Willén - University of Gothenburg, Department of Psychology


Dental care patients (n=95) participated in a quasi-experiment during 2012 in Sweden. The respondents were interviewed twice about dental visits they had made between 2002 and 2012. For verification purposes, the narratives were compared to the dental records. The data can be reused to further analyse memory for repeated events. It can be used as experimental data (including both interviews) or as single interview data (including data from only the first interview).


The main purpose is twofold. First, to empirically investigate the effectiveness of context-specific cues on adults’ memories of events they had experienced repeatedly. The second main purpose was to shed light on methodological issues in re-search on memory for repeated events by exploring whether factors such as rehearsal, interviewee age, and number of experienced events had different effects on the two measures of specificity.
Research principal, contributors, and funding

Research principal

University of Gothenburg

Responsible department/unit

Department of Psychology


  • Funding agency: The Swedish Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority
  • Funding agency's reference number: 252107824
Protection and ethical review

Ethics Review

Gothenburg - Ref. 1007-11

Method and time period

Unit of analysis


Dental patients

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Willén, R. M. (2015). Recollection of repeated events: Difficulties and possibilities. Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
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Willén, R.M., Granhag, P.A., Strömwall, L.A., & Fisher, R.P. (2015). Facilitating particularisation of repeated similar events with context-specific cues. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 56, 28-37. DOI: <>
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Published: 2017-09-26