Eyewitness Testimony - Professor Richard Kemp

What is this research about?

Research has been carried out to study the effects of co-witness discussion on eyewitness memory. Psychological research on eyewitness memory has focused on the effects of misleading media reports and questions, however very little research has examined discussion between co-witnesses. Whereas the legal system assumes that testimonies given by eyewitnesses should be independent of one another, this is frequently not the case. Research has shown that witnesses often do talk about the event with each other (Paterson & Kemp, 2002). Because eyewitness information is frequently conveyed from one witness to another, it is important to ascertain the effects of co-witness information on the validity of eyewitness testimony.