Conformity in Eyewitness Reports

Eyewitness research has repeatedly shown that exposure to postevent information can affect a witness's ability to accurately report details of an originally encoded event. In everyday life, postevent information might be encountered when individuals who have shared the same experience discuss this with one another. Even when each person has witnessed the same event, their memories are likely to differ because of naturally occurring differences in the details attended to at the time, as well as differences in each person's ability to accurately remember those details. Despite initial differences in recollections of an event, when people talk about their memories they can influence each other such that their subsequent individual memory reports become similar. The phenomenon of people's memory reports becoming similar to one another's ...

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