Accuracy Of Eyewitness Testimony; Anxiety

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What is anxiety?
An unpleasant emotional state
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What effect does stress have?
It reduces performance on complicated thinking, cognitive tasks.
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What was the key study for this?
Weapon Focus Effect
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Who was the researcher?
Johnson And Scott, 1976
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What was the procedure for this study?
Argument in one room, then a man runs through holding a pen covered in either blood or grease
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What were the findings for this study?
Weapon Focus effect reduces the accuracy of face identification
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What did Loftus do and when?
Se monitored eye movements during weapon exposure showed that the focus was on the weapon, in 1987
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EVALUATION: Weapon focus may not be caused by anxiety
Pickel - Weapon Focus effect may actually be due to surprise and shock, not anxiety.
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