Some facts about “weapon focus”

@article{Loftus1987SomeFA,
  title={Some facts about “weapon focus”},
  author={E. Loftus and G. Loftus and Jane Messo},
  journal={Law and Human Behavior},
  year={1987},
  volume={11},
  pages={55-62}
}
  • E. Loftus, G. Loftus, Jane Messo
  • Published 1987
  • Psychology
  • Law and Human Behavior
  • Abstract“Weapon focus” refers to the concentration of acrime witness's attention on a weapon, and the resultant reduction in ability to remember other details of the crime. We examined this phenomenon by presenting subject-witnesses with a series of slides depicting an event in a fast-food restaurant. Half of the subjects saw a customer point a gun at the cashier; the other half saw him hand the cashier a check. In Experiment 1, eye movements were recorded while subjects viewed the slides… CONTINUE READING
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