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.”