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Eyewitness Memory

  • By: Gary L. Wells & Elizabeth A. Olson
  • In: Encyclopedia of the Mind
  • Edited by: Harold Pashler
  • Subject:Linguistics (general), Cognitive Psychology (general)

The legal system relies heavily on the testimony of eyewitnesses at criminal and civil trials to establish facts about previous events. Because human perception and memory are fallible, scientific psychology has a longstanding interest in helping the legal system understand the ...