Factors affecting EWT. Age. Starter activity. Think and make notes in pairs about the following two questions: How do you think “Age” may affect the accuracy of eyewitness testimony.
Think and make notes in pairs about the following two questions:
(MEMON et AL)
Yarmey (1993) used 651 adults, and asked them to recall a young woman that they had just seen 2 minutes ago…
They found that young and middle adults were more confident in recall than older (65+). However there was no significant differences in accuracy.
Most Studies used faces of young people to recall for both older and younger participants.
What is the issue with this?
College Participants may have superior memory for faces in their own age group.
As we encounter more people of our own age we become an expert at processing their faces. (more sensitivity to specific cues)
Research has shown that the accuracy of EWT may be compromised by anxiety, age or misleading information but what about.. Alcohol??