Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Ogle, C. M., Chae, Y. and Goodman, G. S. 2010. Eyewitness Testimony. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Eyewitness testimony is a powerful and influential source of information for juries, especially about crimes such as sexual assault in which the victim is the only witness. Because verdicts in these cases often hinge on eyewitness statements, concern over the accuracy of memory for experienced or witnessed events is magnified. Eyewitness testimony is influenced by a complex interaction of cognitive, socio-emotional, and situational factors during encoding, storage, and retrieval of information (Lindsay, Ross, Read, & Toglia, 2006).