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That's What it Looked Like to Me
"We have all watched the courtroom drama where the eyewitness picks out the guilty party and seals their fate. Very dramatic, but psychologists question - how accurate are such eyewitnesses?"
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Social psychologists have conducted research into wrongful convictions. What did they identify as the biggest factor, accounting for 45% of these convictions?
Invalid or improper forensics
In 1896, Albert Von Schrenk-Notzing, a psychologist, appeared as an 'expert witness' in a criminal trial. What did he testify about?
That pre-trial publicity had contaminated the eyewitness' recall
That the defendant was a sociopath
That the eyewitness was a pathological liar
That the eyewitness was suffering from memory loss
In one of the most famous experiments on the validity of eyewitness testimony, Loftus & Palmer, using video of a car accident, showed that something very simple can affect the recall of the event. What was it?
The lighting used during questioning
The body language of investigators
The video quality
The language used during questioning
In 1977 Clifford & Richards conducted a simple experiment to test if a specific factor affected the recall of that event. What was this factor?
Time of day of the event
Distraction after the event
Noise of the event
Duration of the event
In 1979, Elizabeth Loftus conducted an experiment to test the effect of eyewitness testimony on juries. She had students read a summary of a court case and then return a 'verdict'. Loftus managed to change the 'conviction rate' from 72% to 18%. How did she do this?
She added DNA evidence
She removed the eyewitness testimony
She portrayed the eyewitness as partially blind
She portrayed the eyewitness as dishonest
In 1981, Malpass and Devine conducted a staged crime and followed it with a line-up. By changing one thing between two groups when the line-up occurred, false identification dropped from 78% to 33%. What did they change?
They combined a photo line-up with a live line-up
They gave a warning the culprit might not be present
They included people of different ethnicities in the line-up
They had all of the 'suspects' in the line-up wear the same clothes
Information given after eyewitness identification has been made can affect recall.
When people are caught up in a crime, attention can tend to focus on details other than the perpetrator, details such as a gun or knife. What term has been coined to describe this phenomenon?
In 2004 an experiment showed that, in a certain situation, trained military personnel made incorrect identifications, from a photo line-up, 68% of the time. What type of situation caused this?
Sleep deprived situation
Live fire excercise
High stress interrogation
There is no way to offset the unreliability of eyewitness testimony.
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