How Do Triers of Fact Infer the Accuracy of Eyewitness Identifications ? Using Memory for Peripheral Detail Can Be Misleading

@inproceedings{Wells2005HowDT,
  title={How Do Triers of Fact Infer the Accuracy of Eyewitness Identifications ? Using Memory for Peripheral Detail Can Be Misleading},
  author={G. L. Wells},
  year={2005}
}
Eyewitnesses (n = 107) to a staged theft made identifications from a photo spread and then responded to 11 questions that measured their memory for peripheral details (e.g., how many pictures were in the room where the theft occurred?). Results indicated that witnesses who accurately identified the thief (n = 57) averaged fewer correct answers on the peripheral details test than did eyewitnesses who identified an innocent person (n = 32). The remaining witnesses (n = 18) made no identification… CONTINUE READING

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