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Why do juries give a lot of weight to EWT?

It can be very powerful due to the conviction the witnesses have


What did the innocence project state about EWT and convictions?

EWT is the number one cause of wrongful convictions


Why are wrongful convictions and miscarriages of justice issues?

Innocent people can go to prison for many years or even be executed
Criminals are then left roaming the streets


The decline committee found out what percentage of convictions were based entirely on EWT?

74% out of 347 cases


Radin found false conviction rate in the US based on EWT was what percentage?



So 5% of prisoners innocent is equal to:

1 in 20 prisoners


What things can affect how we remember events?

Pre existing bias
Leading questions


Our memories are reconstructed and combined with various sources, what does this mean?

What we think we remember may not be entirely accurate


What did Nolan and markham (1998) find about juries and EWT?

They may be swayed by EWT particularly if the eyewitness seems confident


Why are people very bad at remembering details in crime situations?

They avert their gaze
Attention focuses elsewhere - weapon focus
Running away


RM - what are schemas?

Packets of information about the world around us that we store in our long term memory they are not necessarily reliable


(Schemas) Bartlett argued that memory was reconstructed what did he mean? RM

Not a complete reproduction of a witnessed event rather a combining of information


(Schemas)If memory is reconstructed as Bartlett says, is it accurate? RM



(Schemas) What did Bartlett argue played a major role in remembering events? RM



(Schemas) Bartlett said remembering can be seen as an "effort after meaning" what did he mean? RM

We try to make the past more logical, coherent and sensible


(Schemas) What did Bartlett say schematta helps us to do? RM

Make sense of the world, making it more predictable


(Schemas) In reconstructing memory what do schemas often do? RM

Fill the gaps in our memory, producing significant distortions


(Schemas) What may pre existing schemas do in relation to EWT? RM

Alter the way a person remembers a crime
They forget things that don't fit with their schemas


(Schemas) What did Allport and Postman's study involve? RM

Showing white participants an image of a smart black business man being threatened by a white man


(Schemas) What did Allport and postman find in their study? RM

Participants later recalled the image as the white man being threatened by the black man


How could you explain Allport and Postmans findings in relation to schemas? RM

At the time it was a racist society, people would have schemas such as black men being linked to crime, and black men not being successful businessmen


(Schemas) Tuckey and brewer investigated stereotyped recall of a bank robbery, what did they find? RM

When participants were questioned on there recall of a bank robbery video they remembered more details that for with the stereotype of a bank robber


(Schemas) What do tuckey and Brewers findings support in relation to schemas? RM

The theory that we are better at remembering things that fit with our schemas


(Schemas) What did tuckey and brewer also find in relation to countersterotype information? RM

Participants were also good at remembering things that did not fit with their existing schemas e.g the robbers didn't have guns


(Leading questions) What did loftus and palmers research into leading questions show? RM

Leading questions have the ability to alter a persons memory of an event


(Leading questions) What did loftus and palmers leading question research show?RM

Leading questions have the ability to alter a persons memory of an event


(Leading questions) What is a criticism of loftus and Palmer using speed estimates in their research? RM

Judging speed is complex therefore participants may be more prone to being led


(Leading questions) What were participants asked in loftus and Zanni's a/the research? RM

If they had seen a/ the broken headlight


(Leading questions) What were the results of loftus and Zanni's a/the research? RM

7% of a reported seeing one compared to 17% of the


(Leading questions) What did loftus and Zanni's research demonstrate about leading questions? RM

They can cause a participant to remember something that wasn't actually there


(Leading questions) What did loftus' red purse study involve? RM

Showing participants a series of images of a man stealing a ref purse from a woman's bag


(Leading questions) What question did loftus then ask in his red purse study? RM

If they had seen a brown purse being stolen


(Leading questions) What percentage of participants correctly recalled the purse was red? RM



(Leading questions) What does loftus' red purse study imply about leading questions?

Leading questions do not affect memory


(Leading questions) A lot of research into reconstructive memory used lab experiments, what is good about this? And what is bad?

Control, repeated, consistent, cause and effect
Lack of ecological validity


(Leading questions) research has led to the development of what?

Cognitive interview - increase accuracy of EWT
Witnesses recreate the incident, recall it in different orders and from different perspectives


(Emotion) crimes where the witness is under a lot of stress lead to what?

Poorer recall


(Emotion) deffenbacher conducted a meta analysis on eyewitness recall finding high stress had a negative impact on what?



(Leading questions) Yuille and cutshall found those closer to the crime where what?

More accurate in EWT - less likely to be swayed by leading questions


(Emotion) Macleod - real life EWT of 379 assaults vs crimes with no physical injury there was no what and what did this suggest?

No difference inaccuracy of recall
Suggests levels of emotions do not make a difference into recall


(Emotion) Christianson - witnesses to real bank robberies had what?

Better recall than onlookers not involved


(Emotion) flashbulb memories - what do they describe?

Vivid, long lasting memories occurring at times of heightened emotion
As if mind has taken picture


(Emotion) give examples of common flashbulb memories:

Princess Diana's death


(Emotion) flashbulb memories are highly detailed and supposedly immune to what?



(Emotion) talarico and Rubin - had 54 students to recall their memory of what?

The 9/11 attacks the day after the event


(Emotion) talarico and Rubin also asked about what? And when we're that tested?

Birthday party
1,6 and 32 weeks later


(Emotion) talarico and Rubin - consistency if flashbulb and everyday memories did not do what?

Differ both memories declined overtime


(Emotion) talarico and Rubin - participants thought their recall of 9/11 was much more what?

Vivid they thought themselves it was more accurate


(Emotion) eyewitnesses may be asked to give evidence when and what is an issue of this?

Months after an event
Think emotional memories are more accurate they are and their confidence may be a deciding factor for juries


(Emotion) odiniot - 14 witnesses of an armed robbery and checked recall against CCTV, what was found?

84% of recalled info correct
Witnesses reporting high levels of emotional impact had more accurate recall


(Emotion) real events are high in what?

Ecological validity - show persons actual emotions in the situation


(Emotion) real life situations raise what issues?

Lack of control
Ethics of recalling a highly emotive potentially traumatic experience


(Emotion) what is the yerkes Dodson curve?

Relationship between emotional arousal and level of performance
Too much emotion can affect memory
Too little not paying attention


What are the ethical issues of research in this area?

Potential psychological harm - traumatic memories


What are social implications of research?

Should ensure juries think carefully about weight givens to EWT - better conviction rates


What are the economic implications of research in this area?

Fewer miscarriages of justice - less cost
Cheaper and quicker court trials


(Age) the younger the child the less what? And why is this an issue?

Less info they provide to researcher
Interviewers need to encourage children to be detailed and specific
Which can lead to inaccurate statement


(Age) young children are more likely to change their answer when the question is repeated why?

Assume they got the answer wrong the first time


(Age) social factors such as the child seeing the interviewer as an authority figure makes them more susceptible to what?

Leading questions


(Age) suggestibility - Goodman children are more likely to give the what?

Answer implied by the question than an adult would


(Age) suggestibility - Ceci in children aged 3 to 12 what age were most susceptible to having memories altered and why?

Their memories are weaker and fade faster than older children


(Age) suggestibility - gross and Hayne - children as young as 5 could identify who?

Unknown person they interacted with briefly for two days


(Age) suggestibility - gross and Hayne - when the target person was absent from the Line up children did what?

Performed poorly and selected wrong person
In their eagerness to please the interviewer they thought they should identify a picture


(Age) suggestibility - if encouraged to think really hard a child may do what?

Remember events that never happened


(Age) suggestibility - peer pressure can influence what?

What children report


(Age) language - the more complex a Question the more likely a child would give what?

Inaccurate answer


(Age) language - Davies - children are fairly accurate in their memories they don not usually do what?

Make things up
Don't deliberately lie
Memory is not altered by adult suggestion after event


(Age) language - all age groups are most accurate when what?

Recognising offender form own age group


(Age) elderly - cohen - young adults and the elderly were shown a silent film of what?



(Age) elderly - participants were then given a summary of the crime to read one accurate one inaccurate all participants were asked to do what and what was found?

Elderly were much more likely to include some incorrect material in their account of crime


(Age) elderly - coxon - video of crime elderly participants were less accurate in their overall recall, poorer recall was attributed to what?

Advancing age

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