Eyewitness Memory For A Simulated Misdemeanor Crime

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A review of Eyewitness Memory for a Simulated Misdemeanor Crime: The Role of Age and Temperament in Suggestibility The reviewed article is about a study in which children of two different age groups, and a group of adults were asked general-to-specific questions and misleading questions in an interview to see if the timing of the misleading questions and temperament affected the quality of the witness’s testimony. The researchers hypothesized that the use of misleading questions by interviewer’s causes the witness to unwittingly incorporate false information into their testimony. Method Participants There were 90 middle-class participants, mostly Caucasian, in three different age groups that participated in this study. The early elementary school group consisted of 16 boys and 14 girls age’s six to seven. The late elementary school group consisted of 16 boys and 14 girls age’s nine to 10. The adult group consisted of six men and 24 women ranging from 17 to 29 years old, all of which were currently attending a public Midwestern university. Three early elementary school children, six late elementary school children, and six adults were disregarded from this study because they did not complete the second interview. The children who participated were recruited from university staff and from local preschools and elementary schools with parental consent. The adults that were recruited were drawn from two undergraduate psychology classes and were given either class or research

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