Since the discovery of DNA profiling in the mid 1980′s, there have been over 300 criminal exonerations in the USA alone. That’s over 300 innocent people imprisoned for a crime they did not commit. Studies in the USA have also shown that approximately 73% of these convictions incorporated eyewitness testimony as the primary piece of evidence in their respective cases. Continue reading
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.
- Eyewitness Testimony is Largely Bologna and This is Why (tralawlaw.wordpress.com)
- Making Suspect Sketches Less Sketchy With DNA (fastcoexist.com)
Despite every piece of research to the contrary, there are still psychologists who maintain that memories are preserved perfectly in an impenetrable vault. The idea that the human brain is like a data storage device is a myth. Continue reading