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Eyewitness Testimony

Eyewitness testimony’s reliability Name of student Institutional affiliation Eyewitness testimony’s reliability Eyewitness testimony is one common source of evidence used in courtrooms. It is often applied where there is no forensic or field research evidence found. It has been used in many cases to sway the juror’s decision. Albeit being commonly used eyewitness testimony has been in many cases proved to sway the court’s judgment in the wrong direction. A review by K. Maras and D. Bowler on the “Eyewitness Testimony in Autism Spectrum Disorder” indicates that even though eyewitness testimony is key and commonly used in the justice system it is prone to errors. These errors can result from social naivety in witnesses exploitation from third parties and a stereotyped interest by the witness. The findings indicated that witnesses with the Autism Spectrum like forensic audits and culprit confessions are proving more reliable. In the current setup of the justice system though the use of eyewitness testimony as a source of evidence cannot be overlooked. Even though eyewitness testimony will remain a leading source if evidence for time to come its use should be limited and monitored to ascertain the accuracy of information being provided to avoid misleading judgments thus wrongful convictions. Works Cited Loftus E. F. & Palmer J. C. (1996). Eyewitness testimony. In Introducing psychological research (pp. 305-309). Palgrave London. Maras K. L. & Bowler D. M. (2014). Eyewitness testimony in autism spectrum disorder: A review. Journal of autism and developmental disorders 44(11) 2682-2697. Yarmey A. D. (2001). Expert testimony: Does eyewitness memory research have probative value for the courts?. Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne 42(2) 92.
Using the GCU library, search for two peer-reviewed journal articles on eyewitness testimony using the search term “memory and eyewitness testimony.” Read the articles, then in 750-1,000 words, do the following:

Briefly summarize the findings from each article.
Based upon the information read, discuss if eyewitness testimony is reliable or unreliable.
Connect your research to a memory theory.

When writing in APA style, it is important that your analysis is written in third person. Writing in third person, using support from the article to support your position, helps with clarity and conciseness throughout your paper.

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