Loftus et al

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Making A Case – How Psychology Can Inform the Investigative Process

Interviewing Witnesses


1.2 Factors Influencing Accurate Identification


–    Weapon focus refers to the concentration of a witness’s attention on a weapon

–    This often results in them having difficulty recalling other details of an incident

–    It also creates problems when they are asked to identify the perpetrator of the crime


Loftus et al (1987) Weapon Focus


Aim of the Study


–    To provide support for the weapons focus effect when witnessing a crime




–    It was a laboratory


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