Role of Emotion in EWT

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Could someone give me some points on the roll of emotion in eyewitness testimonies?

thanks :) **

Posted Thu 12th April, 2012 @ 22:44 by Rayanne :)

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do you mean things like anxiety? if so you can use the Yerkes Dodson law (1908) which is an curvilinear graph which states that there's a relationship between emotional arousal and accuracy. When arousal is either high or low then memory recall is likely to be poor but if arousal is moderate then memory recall is likely to be good. So levels of anxiety or emotional arousal affect accuracy of recall which links to accuracy of eye witness testimony 

Answered Fri 13th April, 2012 @ 14:54 by Ian
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i heard of that one :) thankyou **

Answered Fri 13th April, 2012 @ 16:46 by Rayanne :)