Eyewitness Testimony

  • E. F. Loftus
  • J. C. Palmer
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Abstract

‘I saw it with my own eyes, I can tell you exactly what happened.’ This statement carries a lot of weight when we are trying to find out about an event. The evidence of eyewitnesses is a very important part of criminal trials, but is our memory as trustworthy as we believe it to be? The work of Bartlett (1932; see the previous summary in this text) tells us that remembering is an inaccurate process that is distorted by expectations, values and cultural norms. So, can we really believe the evidence of our own eyes?

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© Philip Banyard and Andrew Grayson 1996

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  • E. F. Loftus
  • J. C. Palmer

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