Title

The Effect of Misinformation on the Reliability of Eyewitness Testimonies

Author(s)

Elijah Rhooms

School Name

Heathwood Hall Episcopal School

Grade Level

11th Grade

Presentation Topic

Psychology

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Abstract

The purpose of this lab is question how could/should society will go about in court cases. And whether jury or people (in general) should be allowed to make judgements based on eyewitness testimonies because so many factors can alter memory. The procedure in doing this lab is to first using a video of a criminal event occurring. Then creating 2 different Surveys (one w/misinformation, other w/o misinformation) with video attached. Sending the survey to the sample group. Giving another survey with misinformation to another sample group. And creating data based on results from both surveys. The results showed how the misinformation were usually less than 50% correct and affected the witnesses negatively. Also that the eyewitness were on average 50% correct, which is moderately unreliable. To conclude some errors were very possible and eyewitness testimonies shouldn't be an important part of a criminal case.

Location

Furman Hall 208

Start Date

3-28-2020 9:00 AM

Presentation Format

Oral and Written

Group Project

No

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Mar 28th, 9:00 AM

The Effect of Misinformation on the Reliability of Eyewitness Testimonies

Furman Hall 208

The purpose of this lab is question how could/should society will go about in court cases. And whether jury or people (in general) should be allowed to make judgements based on eyewitness testimonies because so many factors can alter memory. The procedure in doing this lab is to first using a video of a criminal event occurring. Then creating 2 different Surveys (one w/misinformation, other w/o misinformation) with video attached. Sending the survey to the sample group. Giving another survey with misinformation to another sample group. And creating data based on results from both surveys. The results showed how the misinformation were usually less than 50% correct and affected the witnesses negatively. Also that the eyewitness were on average 50% correct, which is moderately unreliable. To conclude some errors were very possible and eyewitness testimonies shouldn't be an important part of a criminal case.