The Fallible Eyewitness: How Interrogation Can Alter Memories

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Eyewitnesses who received negative feedback during an interview—such as being told their answer was wrong or being treated in an abrupt manner—were more likely to change their answers than witnesses who did not receive negative feedback, according to a  study published in the journal Psychology, Crime and Law.

“The feedback does not have to be as explicit as saying ‘You got a lot wrong,’ but can arise from implying that one’s report is unsatisfactory,” writes Linda A . . .

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