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Přesnost datace mediálně známých veřejných událostí

Title in English Dating accuracy of well-known public events


Year of publication 2011
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Mediální studia
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Field Psychology
Keywords event dating; public event; date estimate; date recall; temporal schema; landmarks; media
Description The study examines the accuracy of dating of public events from 2005 to 2008 and explores the properties of events that would enable them to function as temporal landmarks. The accuracy of public-event dating is usually not high even when the events were directly experienced by the respondents. There are only a few events comparable in their impact to the Velvet revolution or the split-up of Czechoslovakia so that they could become a temporal landmark. Nevertheless, each year there are many events which are both important and heavily covered by the media. The study focuses on events from 2006 and 2007 (and several events from 2005 and 2008 are added). Data were gathered via online questionnaire (N = 250; 34 % male). Respondents’ task was to date (or estimate) the month and year for all 35 events and to freely recall events from this period. Respondents knew all events took place within the period of 2005–2008. Analysis focuses on two types of predictors of dating accuracy: event characteristics and participants’ individual characteristics. More accurately are dated those events containing the temporal schema for both month and year (i.e., periodically repeated national votes) and culminating events. More accurate are those people who evaluate their dating memory as better, people with interest in public events (e.g., sport events) and people who have a personal association with the events.
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