Belief of eyewitness identification evidence

Melissa Boyce, Jennifer L. Beaudry, R. C. L. Lindsay

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Imagine you are a juror in a trial. An eyewitness testifies that she saw a man walk into a convenience store, point a gun at the cashier, demand all of the money from the register, and then shoot the cashier. She points to the defendant and identifies him as the stickup man. Are you inclined to believe her? Does it matter how certain she is of her decision? What if she only had a glimpse of the man’s face? What if she wasn’t wearing her glasses, and as a result had impaired vision? Does it matter if the defendant is of the same race as the witness? Would it matter if the witness had been a young child rather than an adult? Would the police procedures used to question the witness sway your decision in any way? Would the police procedures used to obtain the identification influence your decision?

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Eyewitness Psychology
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 2: Memory for People
EditorsRod C. L. Lindsay, David F. Ross, J. Don Read, Michael P. Toglia
PublisherLawrence Erlbaum Associates
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781410614919, 0805814913
ISBN (Print)0805851528, 9780805851526
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


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