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Factors Affecting the Accuracy of Eyewitness Testimony
Jasmine Wilson



The Question: Describe and/or critically evaluate the factors affecting
the accuracy of eyewitness testimony.
*angle of attack* is eyewitness testimony always accurate?

Eyewitness are asked in a number of ways to provide information on a crime (police interviews,
identity parades etc.),…

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Factors Affecting the Accuracy of Eyewitness Testimony
Jasmine Wilson



The Role of Emotion
The frightening nature of crimes could
Improve recall - flashbulb memory ­ Brown and Kulik,
happens during something emotional
Reduce recall ­ distracting them
The Yerkes-Dodson law suggests that moderately frightening
crimes should produce the best recall…

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