Interviewing a witness

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  • Loftus et al
    • Facts about 'weapon focus'
    • Lab experiment
      • 36 Students from Washington Uni
    • P's split into 2 groups
      • 1. control (with cheque)
      • 2. Experiment (with gun)
      • Both saw slides of a cue at a taco time restaurant
        • Experimental group the second person in the cue brings out a gun
          • P's then answered questionnaire and asked to identify person and confidence
    • Results
      • Identification was highest in control group
    • Conclusions
      • P's spent longer looking at weapon so struggled to identify the weapon


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