Celesq® Programs

Eyewitness Memory: The Factors Empirically Demonstrated to Reduce the Reliability of Eyewitness Identifications

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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. 

Attendees will: 

  • 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

Available in States

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Texas Self Study

Program Categories

  • Complex Litigation
  • Criminal Law & White Collar
  • Federal Courts
  • Florida Eligible
  • Health Care Law
  • Litigation & Litigation Skills
  • Litigation and Appeals
  • Trial Skills


  • Areas of Professional Practice : 2 Credit