The Dynamic and Fragile Nature of Eyewitness Memory Formation: Considering Stress and Attention

  title={The Dynamic and Fragile Nature of Eyewitness Memory Formation: Considering Stress and Attention},
  author={Alia N Wulff and Ayanna K. Thomas},
  journal={Frontiers in Psychology},
Eyewitnesses are often susceptible to recollection failures and memory distortions. These failures and distortions are influenced by several factors. The present review will discuss two such important factors, attention failures and stress. We argue that acute stress, often experienced by eyewitnesses and victims of crimes, directly influences attentional processes, which likely has downstream consequences for memory. Attentional failures may result in individuals missing something unusual or… Expand
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