Eye witness testimony (EWT)
EWT is evidence given by a witness, of something they have visually seen, in a verbal account.
Whether someone is guity or not is often decided based on Eye Witness Testimony.
If eyewitnesses make mistakes the wrong person may be convicted for a crime they did not commit.
1) Anxiety a sense of fear/worry. Psychologists say that high anxiety levels can effect recall.
Loftus - Weapons Effect when a weapon is used in a situation witnesses tend to focus more on the weapon than the criminals face. This is as the weapon causes anxiety.
2) Age Sometimes childrena nd the elderly mau be required to give evidence as an witness or victim. It is important for psychologists to investigate their eyewitness testimony as it may be…