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NCJ Number: 65821 Find in a Library
Title: PSYCHOLOGY OF EYEWITNESS TESTIMONY
Author(s): A D YARMEY
Corporate Author: Free Press
Promotion Manager
Scholarly and Reference Division
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 301
Sponsoring Agency: Free Press
New York, NY 10020
National Research Council of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6, Canada
Grant Number: A0228
Sale Source: Free Press
Promotion Manager
Scholarly and Reference Division
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROFESSIONALS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC, THIS VOLUME DISCUSSES THE PSYCHOLOGICAL AND LEGAL ASPECTS OF EYEWITNESS IDENTIFICATION AND TESTIMONY.
Abstract: BASIC CONCEPTS ABOUT THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THE WITNESS AND THE ASSUMPTIONS OFTEN MADE BY THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM ARE DISCUSSED AND INTEGRATED THROUGHOUT THE REMAINDER OF THE BOOK. AN INTRODUCTION TO THE SCIENTIFIC PRINCIPLES AND LEGALISTIC PRACTICES EMPLOYED BY THE COURTS TO DETERMINE TRUTH PRECEDES AN OVERVIEW OF THE PSYCHOLOGICAL LITERATURE ON MEMORY AND PERSON PERCEPTION. EVIDENCE ON FACIAL RECOGNITION; CRIMINAL IDENTIFICATION; AND THE TESTIMONY OF THE CHILD, ADULT, AND THE AGED WITNESS IS EXAMINED. INCLUDED HERE ARE INDEPTH DISCUSSIONS OF THE PSYCHOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF THE LINEUP AND MEMORY FOR FACES, AND A REVIEW OF THE PERCEPTUAL, MEMORIAL, AND COMMUNICATIVE ABILITIES OF CHILDREN AND THE AGED. THE VOLUME CONCLUDES WITH THE OBSERVATION THAT A MORE COMPLETE SCIENCE OF THE PSYCHOLOGY OF LAW WILL ONLY BE ACHIEVED IF RESEARCHERS ARE WILLING TO MAKE THE EFFORT TO COMBINE HARD SCIENCE WITH PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS. EXPERIMENTAL AND SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGISTS AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE RESEARCHERS NEED TO DEVELOP MODELS, THEORIES, AND METHODOLOGIES TO FURTHER THE UNDERSTANDING OF EYEWITNESS TESTIMONY. FIGURES, TABLES, REFERENCES, AND NAME AND SUBJECT INDEXES ARE PROVIDED. (PRG)
Index Term(s): Literature reviews; Psychological research; Psychological theories; Rules of evidence; Suspect identification; Testimony; Witnesses
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