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    Changes in the Accuracy of Witness’ Testimonies Introduction Based on information gathered after an event, memory of said event (while this is applicable to just about any event in everyday life, the focus in this case is a crime) almost always differs from person to person based on differing perspectives, confidence levels, and unconscious reconstruction of the memory. In this report, reasoning as to why errors are made when eyewitnesses recall how a crime happened and possibly the…

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    effects in a distinct class of its own. While the power of suggestion can be hard to understand for some, it becomes all too clear when suggestion is referenced in the context of the criminal justice system, where leading questions can lead to eyewitness misidentifications, suggestive recall procedures can produce false memories, and aggressive…

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    Gomberg's Analysis

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    beliefs and what they believe to be true or not. A lot of situations and cases tend to be doubted because people won’t believe anything until they have their own proof or certainty about He goes on to say that trust in knowledge by testimony is important because testimony is a special way of acquiring knowledge.…

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    Eyewitness identification relies upon the eyewitness memory and the ability for him or her to retain that information and reporting it straight to the police. Memory is considered as evidence because information is being gathered and encoded in memory. Over time the storage holds in the encoded information in the brain until retrieval occurs so the brain can have access to the information. Although memory is not accurate, errors can occur throughout the process of encoding, storage, or retrieval…

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    Trauma And Trauma

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    This literature review and analysis will define the impact of stress/trauma and the positive effect of supportive interviewing for children’s eyewitness identification. The studies done by Rush et al (2014) and Hritz et al (2015) identify the impact of stress on the child, which can be reduced through the supportive guidance of well-informed adult interviewers in the identification of suspect in a line up. These findings provide empirical evidence of the supportive environment that is needed to…

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    Sense Perception Essay

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    To what extent can we rely on sense perception and memory as ways of knowing? My short-term memory has never been something to be praised, I was asked what I had for lunch three days ago, I sat there momentarily thinking about the lunches that I had over the previous days, after a little while I told the person that asked me that I could not answer. I have always had greater confidence in my long-term memory, I generally find it to be more accurate and easier to recall than more recent memories…

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    The study conducted under Lentini and DeHaan highlights that investigators cannot use patterns as a method to establish how a fire started. This is what caused arson investigation to be described as needing “much more research on the natural variability of burn patterns and damage characteristics” (NCJRS, 2009). This means that arson experts cannot simply look at patterns to determine its origin because there is still a lot unknown about arson and fire patterns in general. This is a common…

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    Simple Life In The 1800s

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    The idea of simple living was both widely promoted and discouraged from the arrival of the earliest Puritan colonists in 1630 to the extensive industrial growth of the middle 1800s. Many groups and societies aimed to resurrect the simple life and promote it among the masses. Yet each of these revivals were either stopped or drastically slowed down by the American majority’s desire for wealth. A small percentage of Americans consistently lived interpretations of the simple life but they were…

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    witnesses play a huge part in determining who they saw at the scene of the crime. People have been wrongfully accused of crimes that they did not commit just because they have some of the same features as the actual suspect. The courts see eye witness testimony as a crucial factor into determining who has committed the crime. One way that humans tend to memorize things is by seeing the resemblance between things that we are just witnessing and things that we have seen in the past. People will…

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    Eye Witness Analysis

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    After watching the videos supplied, there are valuable lessons and techniques that are learned about questioning eye witnesses. Learning about the specific questions to ask an eye witness can be a curtail asset to an investigation. When someone witnesses a crime for the fist time, it can be shocking on that person. What they have seen and what they believe they saw can be totally different. In the interview stage with that witness, I learned that is is sometimes important to being with open…

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