The aim was to investigate how information changes with each reproduction and to find out why the information changes.
Deliberately chose 'The War of the Ghosts', an unfamiliar North American Indian Folk tale, to read to the participants.
The first participant read the story themselves (serial reproduction) then after 15-30 minutes told the story to a second participant. Each participant repeated their story to the next person in a chain of participants.
For the repeated reproduction task, each participant was tested separately after reading the story to themselves twice, 15 minutes later they gave their reproduction of it. Later reproductions were done at 20 hours, 8 days…