Eyewitness Memory: The Factors Empirically Demonstrated to Reduce the Reliability of Eyewitness Identifications
This program briefly covers scientific perspectives on how memory works, and more importantly, how it doesn’t. Following this introduction, the presenter will provide detailed explanations of the factors most commonly known to impact eyewitnesses, including discussion of several real-world cases that demonstrate the importance and application of these factors.
The course will review and analyze several photospreads, use of police procedures, and other case issues outside the area of controlled research, including the prevalence of social media and its impact on witness reliability.
Develop an understanding of the basic limitations of human memory
Recognize the most common factors impacting eyewitness identifications
Develop an understanding of proper police procedures and best practices for photospread administration
Learn how to best apply these factors to their criminal cases