Go to main content
BPS News

A new method for verifying the accuracy of eyewitness memories

02 October 2018

Identifying which of two apparently credible but conflicting eye-witness statements to trust is a big problem for law enforcement agencies.

So is deciding, in the case of a witness who has no incentive to lie, which among their memories are accurate. 

A new paper in the Journal of Experimental Psychology provides initial evidence for a new, objectively verifiable method for doing this.

This work has, as the researchers write, “potentially far-reaching significance, not the least in the legal context.” 

Read more about it in an article by Emma Young on our Research Digest blog.


Top of page