Write 9 pages thesis on the topic eyewitness testimony. Through developing a background of current research, the discussion of eyewitness identification is examined for its importance as well as its accuracy.
Memory is one of the most important parts of the brain most human beings. In memory to store everything that has occurred in the past which has become part of their identity. Human beings want to believe that what they remember is accurate and true. It is the truth that they remember that support what they believe in life. Unfortunately, psychology research has shown that the memory is very fallible. This is never more important than when one individual is testifying in a court of law that the actions of another. Eyewitness testimony can make or break conclusions drawn by a jury or judge about the innocence or guilt of the defendant. The following review examines previous literature that exists on the topic of eyewitness testimony in order to understand the phenomenon of false memory and inaccurate testimony.
The field of eyewitness research encompasses a number of different aspects of psychological research. Brewer, Weber, and Semmler (2013) make the point that while research has shown that eyewitness fallibility can be understood to assert greedy and that there are practical guidelines for helping to increase identification accuracy, there has been little to refine the theories of identification decision processes and that further research is still needed to diminish the number of false witnesses that affect justice. The researchers stressed that it is possible that an approach that is made from a purely practical point would create a structure that could provide a more useful conclusion. Their hope is that theoretically motivated research can support a better process for the legal system.