SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF WITNESS MEMORY: Implications for Public and Legal Policy

  title={SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF WITNESS MEMORY: Implications for Public and Legal Policy},
  author={Gary L Wells},
  journal={Psychology, Public Policy and Law},
  • G. Wells
  • Published 1 December 1995
  • Psychology
  • Psychology, Public Policy and Law
The legal system relies heavily on human memory. Crime investigations, criminal trials, and many civil trials depend on memory to reconstruct critical events from the past. Getting at the "truth" is often synonymous with establishing the who, what, when, and how of some prior episode. Past events tend to leave traces, and the process of reconstructin g events from the past is aided by various types of trace evidence. These traces can be physical, such as a footprint, a blood stain, or a… 
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