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Latest Eyewitness testimony Stories

2010-06-11 01:12:20

When children report about an event they can be highly accurate. But if they talk to other witnesses, children's testimony may become tainted. A doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg examines children's vulnerability to co-witness influence, and presents a new method that can help child witnesses to provide more detailed witness reports. Emma Roos af Hjelmsäter's thesis is based on a series of studies where children aged 7-13 were interviewed regarding an event they had...

2009-10-15 10:54:53

Two Kansas State University psychology researchers have found that although central vision allows our eyes to discern the details of a scene, our peripheral vision is most important for telling us what type of scene we're looking at in the first place, such as whether it is a street, a mountain or a kitchen. "I think the most surprising part of the study is that we didn't really expect peripheral vision to do that well at getting the gist of a scene," said Adam Larson, K-State master's...

2009-04-03 17:49:00

Science Matters Program Explores the Accuracy of Eyewitness Testimony Presented by the California Science Center LOS ANGELES, April 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The California Science Center's Science Matters speakers program will investigate methods in our legal system with "Eyewitness Testimony: Perception and Memory on Trial" on Saturday, April 18, 2009, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eyewitness testimony is at the foundation of our judicial system, but its accuracy has recently been called...

2009-01-29 09:41:57

Eyewitness testimony is a crucial part of many criminal trials even though research increasingly suggests that it may not be as accurate as we (and many lawyers) would like it to be. For example, if you witness a man in a blue sweater stealing something, then overhear people talking about a gray shirt, how likely are you to remember the real color of the thief's sweater? Studies have shown that when people are told false information about an event, they become less likely to remember what...