Definition of verbal overshadowing in English:

verbal overshadowing


  • The tendency of verbalization to impair the recall of visual memories, resulting in unreliable eyewitness accounts.

    ‘The effects of verbal overshadowing are crucial for eyewitness accounts.’
    • ‘There was a weak trend consistent with verbal overshadowing such that providing a verbal description reduced performance slightly.’
    • ‘The three papers below describe the verbal overshadowing effect in more detail.’
    • ‘So, I'm trying to learn to be wary of verbal overshadowing, and focus as squarely as possible on the actual mental experience.’