Scott Fraser: The Problem With Eyewitness Testimony (Video)

In this talk forensic neurophysiologist Scott Fraser discusses the unreliability of eyewitness testimony. He explains that we only encode and store bits and pieces of information, and that the brain fills in the gaps with data that was not originally collected. Fraser states that all our memories are reconstructions, and are influenced by inference, speculation and information gained after the observation.

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  • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

    I understand this on a personal level.  Many years ago, I was a key witness at my best friends murder trial.  Even though I thought I had a clear memory of the events some things were way off.  The important things were spot on 

    • http://twitter.com/WhatisPsych What is Psychology?

      Very sorry for your loss Susan. But yes, even though we are often supremely confident of what we remember and are willing to swear by it, our memories are so easily influenced that whatever we recall as eyewitnesses has to be taken with a grain of salt.