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Every year hundreds of defendants are convicted on little more than the say-so of a fellow citizen. Although psychologists have suspected for decades that an eyewitness can be highly unreliable, new evidence leaves no doubt that juries vastly overestimate the credibility of eyewitness accounts. It is a problem that the courts have yet to solve or face squarely.

In Eyewitness Testimony, Elizabeth Loftus makes the psychological case against the eyewitness. Beginning with the basics of eyewitness fallibility, such as poor viewing conditions, brief exposure, and stress, Loftus moves to more subtle factors, such as expectations, biases, and personal stereotypes, all of which can intervene to create erroneous reports. Loftus also shows that eyewitness memory is chronically inaccurate in surprising ways. An ingenious series of experiments reveals that memory can be radically altered by the way an eyewitness is questioned after the fact. New memories can be implanted and old ones unconsciously altered under interrogation.

These results have important implications for court reform, police interrogation methods, defense strategy, and many other aspects of criminal and civil procedure. Eyewitness Testimony is a powerful book that should be required reading for trial lawyers, social psychologists, and anyone who considers the chilling prospect of confronting an eyewitness accusation in a court of law.

Synopsis:

By shedding light on the many factors that can intervene and create inaccurate testimony, Elizabeth Loftus illustrates how memory can be radically altered by the way an eyewitness is questioned, and how new memories can be implanted and old ones changed in subtle ways.

Synopsis:

1980 National Media Award for Distinguished Contribution, American Psychological Foundation

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 237-247) and index.

About the Author

Elizabeth F. Loftus is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior at the Univesrity of California, Irvine.

University of California, Irvine

Table of Contents

1. Mistaken Identification

2. Impact of Eyewitness Testimony

3. Perceiving Events

4. Retaining Information in Memory

5. Retrieving Information from Memory

6. Theoretical Issues in the Study of Memory

7. Recognizing People

8. Individual Differences in Eyewitness Ability

9. Common Beliefs about Eyewitness Accounts

10. The Eyewitness and the Legal System

11. An Actual Case of Murder: People v. Garcia

Appendix

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674287778
Author:
Loftus, Elizabeth F.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Civil Procedure
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Legal System
Subject:
Forensic Psychology
Subject:
Psychology, forensic
Subject:
Eyewitness identification.
Subject:
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Subject:
Psychological aspects
Subject:
Eyewitness identification -- United States.
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Subject:
Crime-Enforcement and Investigation
Subject:
Law-Criminal Law - General
Subject:
Law-Criminal Procedure
Subject:
Law-Witnesses
Copyright:
Edition Description:
With a new preface by the author
Series Volume:
no. 11
Publication Date:
February 1996
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
13 tables, 18 line illustrations, 10 hal
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 13 oz

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