Why Eyewitness Memory Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be (Part III)

Why Eyewitness Memory Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be (Part III) The Huffington Post – 9/30/11 12:53 PM ET In Part I and Part II of this post, I began recounting my recent experiences as an eyewitness expert in an armed robbery trial. My testimony in the case focused on the general limitations of eyewitness memory, but the photo array that police presented to the victims was problematic in its own right. When I looked at this array before the trial began, the image of the defendant seemed to leap off the page of nine photos. I wasn’t entirely sure why: perhaps because his face filled more of the frame than the others, perhaps because his head was cocked at an angle unlike the others, or maybe it was the visible remnants of a mysterious string of numbers typed below his photo — I assume some sort of record-keeping code that hadn’t been totally removed when the photo was cut from its printed sheet and stuck on the array background. Whatever it was, something about the array looked fishy…[For full story: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sam-sommers/eye-witness-flaws_b_943651.html ]

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Why Eyewitness Memory Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be (Part III)