The Accuracy of Eyewitness Identification: Suggestibility and Confidence
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GROUSE, C. L., & EZELL, H. A. (2000). The Accuracy of Eyewitness Identification: Suggestibility and Confidence. National Undergraduate Research Clearinghouse, 3. Available online at http://www.webclearinghouse.net/volume/. Retrieved December 17, 2018
CHRISTY L. GROUSE AND HEIDI A. EZELL
Missouri Western State University DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY
Sponsored by: PHIL WANN (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|The effects of leading questions on the accuracy of eyewitness identification were examined. Forty-seven students were asked to identify the characteristics of a perpetrator in a staged confrontation with an instructor. Each participant received a mock police report. Some received a report with leading suggestions and some received a report with no leading suggestions. In addition, confidence level ratings were taken to determine the role of certainty in accuracy. It was found that leading cues negatively affected the accuracy of eyewitness responses, while confidence played no significant role in determining accuracy.|
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