6 Pros and Cons of Eyewitness Testimony | Flow Psychology

A useful description of the typical police interview of the cooperative witness, which is contrasted with psychology’s understanding of good interview practices. The authors examine training given to police in typical Western countries, which seems appallingly weak and sometimes simply wrong. Fisher and Schreiber then describe scientific research findings on interviewing cooperative witnesses, with an emphasis on developing techniques that will enhance retrieval of event memories.

Improving Eyewitness Identification | Psychology Today

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Clark, S. E. 2008. The importance (necessity) of computational modeling for eyewitness identification research. Applied Cognitive Psychology 22:803–813. DOI:

Brewer, N., and M. A. Palmer. 2010. Eyewitness identification tests. Legal and Criminological Psychology 15:77–96. DOI:
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The Effects of Emotion on Eyewitness Testimony | …

A broad and readable review of the face composite literature. The authors conclude that under most conditions eyewitnesses cannot be expected to produce good face composites, because their representations of faces in memory are holistic rather than feature based.

Gemma Briggs and Louise Westmarland

Throughout the work on post-event malleability of memory, the concept of misinformation is prominent. In , misinformation through external sources such as misleading questions is said to affect eyewitnesses’ memories. questions this interpretation and suggests that the original memory might remain intact. But the work on misinformation continues to grow nevertheless, because misinformation affects eyewitnesses’ reports regardless of the precise mechanisms by which it does so. In this context, provides an outstanding analysis of the many sources, both internal and external, through which misinformation can enter eyewitness reports. is a highly readable treatment that nicely traces the early work on misinformation that implanted memories for simple objects, to more-recent works that show how more elaborate false memories for entire events can also be implanted. is an outstanding chapter on misinformation effects that uses a sophisticated theoretical model that can explain a great deal of the findings regarding children as well as adults with regard to when misinformation effects are strong or weak. In addition, some researchers have examined possible solutions to the effect of post-event information. is a synthesis of twenty-five existing studies that includes a warning to the participants about the effects of misleading information. The researchers found that this type of intervention reduces, but does not completely remove, the effect of post-event misleading information about the event.

Forensic Psychology Course: Witness Investigation

These results have important implications for court reform, police interrogation methods, defense strategy, and many other aspects of criminal and civil procedure. is a powerful book that should be required reading for trial lawyers, social psychologists, and anyone who considers the chilling prospect of confronting an eyewitness accusation in a court of law.