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Adult Eyewitness Testimony: Current Trends and Developments Paperback – 1 Feb 2007

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  • Paperback: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; New Ed edition (1 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521033454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521033459
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.6 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,932,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Overall, if one were looking for a comprehensive book on research in eyewitness identification, this would be it." Jill Rowan, Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

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This volume addresses three important issues: which psychological factors influence the accuracy of eyewitness reports; how should police procedures be organized to improve the chance of obtaining accurate information and whose testimony should be believed; and can jurors make a distinction between accurate and inaccurate witnesses?

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A true case, described using pseudonyms in Witness for the Defense (Loftus and Ketcham,1991), provides a powerful anecdote showing just how strongly witnesses can believe in their memories-even when their memories are false. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Romilly on 11 Feb 2013
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Eyewitness testimony is often the most unreliable, yet frequently comes across with great self-confidence: 'I never forget a face', 'I always notice what people are wearing'. People are proud of their powers of observation and accurate recall. There is a Sherlock Holmes complex in all of us. Thus academics from the United States, Canada and St Andrews, after a 1991 symposium, decided to bring together all the latest research on the issue. This they did in this detailed and dense 18 chapter- volume. Again for the specialist. A shorter, less arcane volume summarising the evidence should have a wider readership.
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