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Eyewitness Testimony

  1. Christin M. Ogle,
  2. Yoojin Chae,
  3. Gail S. Goodman

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0338

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Ogle, C. M., Chae, Y. and Goodman, G. S. 2010. Eyewitness Testimony. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. University of California, Davis

Publication History

  1. 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).