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Title: When eyewitnesses talk
Authors: Wright, Daniel B.
Memon, Amina
Skagerberg, Elin M.
Gabbert, Fiona
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social & Health Sciences
Keywords: Memory conformity
Eyewitness testimony
Issue Date: Jun-2009
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: Published version (c)SAGE Publications, Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8721.2009.01631.x
Citation: Wright, D.B., et al. 2009. When eyewitnesses talk. Current Directions in Psychological Science. 18(3): pp.174-178. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8721.2009.01631.x
Abstract: When two people witness an event, they often discuss it. Because memory is not perfect, sometimes this discussion includes errors. One person's errors can become part of another person's account, and this proliferation of error can lead to miscarriages of justice. In this article, we describe the social and cognitive processes involved. Research shows how people combine information about their own memory with other people's memories based on factors such as confidence, perceived expertise, and the social cost of disagreeing with other people. We describe the implications of this research for eyewitness testimony.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/868
ISSN: 0963-7214
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