, Volume 29, Issue 5, pp 719-729

Imagination inflation is a fact, not an artifact: A reply to Pezdek and Eddy


Pezdek and Eddy (2001) claim to prove that imagination inflation is a spurious effect caused by regression to the mean (RTM). They make four predictions about what patterns of data would demonstrate a genuine effect for imagination versus those that would be explainable by RTM. We review each of those predictions, and demonstrate significant problems with them. We conclude that imagination inflation is a genuine effect, and that Pezdek and Eddy’s work has contributed to the growing research showing that when people imagine fictitious events from long ago, they become more confident that those false events were genuine experiences.

Kimberley Wade is supported by a Victoria University Targeted PhD Scholarship.