A Perpetrator’s Accent Impairs Witnesses’ Memory for Physical Appearance

  title={A Perpetrator’s Accent Impairs Witnesses’ Memory for Physical Appearance},
  author={Kerri L. Pickel and Joshua B. Staller},
  journal={Law and Human Behavior},
Sometimes witnesses to crimes must remember both a perpetrator’s appearance and voice. Drawing upon multiple resource theory as well as previous findings that processing foreign-accented speech is more demanding than processing unaccented speech, we hypothesized that a perpetrator’s accent can impair memory for his or her appearance. In Experiment 1, we used a secondary visual search task to demonstrate that processing an accented versus unaccented message demands more cognitive resources. In… Expand
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