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Eyewitness Memory for People and Events (Chapter 25)


Gary L. Wells


Iowa State University, Department of Psychology

Elizabeth F. Loftus


University of California, Irvine - Department of Psychology and Social Behavior; University of California, Irvine School of Law

January 16, 2013

Handbook of Psychology, Vol. 11, 2013, Forensic Psychology, Chapter 25, R.K. Otto and & I.B. Weiner (Eds), Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2013-88

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This chapter begins with a summary of the case of Thomas Brewster, who was tried for murder based in large part on eyewitness testimony. Ultimately DNA came to Brewster’s rescue, and he was freed before the trial ended. Analyses of taped interviews in the case help reveal how the interviewing process itself may have tainted the eyewitness testimony. The chapter continues with discussions of new psychological research on memory for complex events. This work shows how the details of events can be changed when witnesses are exposed to post-event information that is misleading. And with enough suggestion, entire events can be planted into the mind of ordinary healthy adults. The final section discusses new findings concerning eyewitness memory for people. This includes eyewitness identification of previously seen strangers, and new findings on procedures that can reduce mistaken identifications.

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Date posted: January 17, 2013  

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Wells, Gary L. and Loftus, Elizabeth F., Eyewitness Memory for People and Events (Chapter 25) (January 16, 2013). Handbook of Psychology, Vol. 11, 2013, Forensic Psychology, Chapter 25, R.K. Otto and & I.B. Weiner (Eds), Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2013-88. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2201954

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Gary L. Wells
Iowa State University, Department of Psychology ( email )
Ames, IA 50011-2063
United States
Elizabeth F. Loftus (Contact Author)
University of California, Irvine - Department of Psychology and Social Behavior ( email )
4201 Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-7085
United States
University of California, Irvine School of Law
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Irvine, CA 92697-1000
United States
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