Reality monitoring in native and foreign language
Reality monitoring (RM) is a type of source monitoring for which individuals have to distinguish between internally and externally generated memories. Discrimination between external and internal sources of memory is suggested to rely on specific perceptual and cognitive characteristics that are intrinsic to these sources and serve as cues for memory monitoring. For instance, greater cognitive operations are typically linked to self- or internally-generated information, whereas greater sensory and contextual content is related to externally-generated information. These different cues usually result in higher proportions of correct attributions to the self-generated information than for the externally generated one. In previous research we found that in bilinguals source monitoring processes might differ depending on the language in which information was presented.