Understanding unconscious plagiarism: the effects of idea elaboration and perceived idea quality on later recall and recognition of ideas
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Previous research has shown that idea improvement and perceived idea quality have differential effects on recall-own and generate-new plagiarism. Participants completed a generative task in pairs and read some ideas perceived to be of high quality before elaborating on a selection of the ideas. It was expected that other-generated ideas that had been improved or read out loud would be more susceptible to unconscious plagiarism. Participants returned a week later to complete recall-own generated, recall-own read, generate-new and source monitoring tasks. Partner-generated ideas were significantly more likely to be plagiarised following improvement only. Participants were significantly more likely to plagiarise their partner’s ideas in the generate-new task. These findings are discussed in relation to previous research and theories of unconscious plagiarism.
Elliman, R. (2009) 'Understanding unconscious plagiarism: the effects of idea elaboration and perceived idea quality on later recall and recognition of ideas', The Plymouth Student Scientist, p. 106-126.