Cognition and Eyewitness Memory


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Cognition and Eyewitness Memory
The physical processes of cognition have been frequently studied; however, a great deal still remains to be learned about them. Cognition can be affected by emotions and substances and can even be altered by either written or spoken suggestion that has great enough detail to be considered a “memory.” The unreliability of eyewitness testimony has been known for at least a century, when it was shown that leading questions can alter what the individual perceived to be his or her memory.
The relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony does not prevent it from being used regularly in our court system. Although eye witness memory and cognition has been studied extensively, there is no shortage of questions that...
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