Eyewitness memory plays a pivotal role in many criminal trials. A substantial body of psychological research on eyewitness memory has developed over the years. This research paper examines various types of eyewitness memory, factors that influence eyewitness memory, methods of improving eyewitness memory, and how eyewitness memory is evaluated in the course of investigations and criminal trials. Read more about Eyewitness Memory.
Eyewitness Memory Research Topics
Considerable research has addressed how jurors evaluate eyewitness memory and whether their evaluations can be improved. Using trial simulation methods, research demonstrates that jurors are often insensitive to the factors that are known to influence eyewitness memory: stress experienced by the witness, weapon focus, and the influence of suggestive identification procedures. Furthermore, jurors tend to rely on factors that are known not to strongly predict identification accuracy. Witness confidence, for example, has a strong impact on jurors’ evaluations of eyewitness identifications. In these studies, highly confident witnesses are persuasive, and jurors tend to convict perpetrators on the basis of testimony by highly confident witnesses.
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Re: Report on a fatal accident witnessed along Ai Sing Road
I am Lenita Loh from Primary 6A of Ai Sing Primary School. Yesterday, Monday, 5th of May 2008, at 3.25pm, I witnessed a fatal accident outside my school, along Ai Sing Road. The horrific accident involving the reckless driver of a white Mazda, bearing the license plate, SBJ1278D, caused the death of my fellow classmate, Andrea Sim. We were on our way home after our extended curriculum hours that fateful day. Andrea, who walked ahead of me, was carefully crossing the road after the pedestrian light had turned green.
In the blink of an eye, the speeding white Mazda swerved and hit her, having failed to observe the red stop light. Andrea’s frail body was flung over 30 metres as a result of that impact. I was too shocked to even move. It was our school’s security guard who managed to call the paramedics and the police. The driver did not get out of the car until police arrived. I knew immediately that the accident was fatal when a police officer placed a blue tent over her lifeless body. I hope my eye-witness account will assist police investigations in bringing justice to the tragedy. An innocent life has been lost forever and many other lives changed permanently.