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Can Fabricated Evidence Induce False Eyewitness Testimony?

Wade, KA, Green, SL and Nash, RA (2010) Can Fabricated Evidence Induce False Eyewitness Testimony? Applied Cognitive Psychology, 24 (7). pp. 899-908.

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Abstract

False information can influence people's beliefs and memories. But can fabricated evidence induce individuals to accuse another person of doing something they never did? We examined whether exposure to a fabricated video could produce false eyewitness testimony. Subjects completed a gambling task alongside a confederate subject, and later we falsely told subjects that their partner had cheated on the task. Some subjects viewed a digitally manipulated video of their partner cheating; some were told that video evidence of the cheating exists; and others were not told anything about video evidence. Subjects were asked to sign a statement confirming that they witnessed the incident and that their corroboration could be used in disciplinary action against the accused. See-video subjects were three times more likely to sign the statement than Told-video and Control subjects. Fabricated evidence may, indeed, produce false eyewitness testimony; we discuss probable cognitive mechanisms. Copyright (C) 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Wade, KAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Green, SLUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Nash, RAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : October 2010
Identification Number : 10.1002/acp.1607
Uncontrolled Keywords : MEMORIES, PHOTOGRAPHS, CONFESSIONS, MISINFORMATION, PSYCHOLOGY, PICTURE, EVENT, WORTH
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Additional Information : This is the accepted version of the following article: Wade, KA, Green, SL & Nash, RA, Can Fabricated Evidence Induce False Eyewitness Testimony?, Applied Cognitive Psychology, 24 (7) which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/acp.1607
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 21 May 2014 15:07
Last Modified : 09 Jun 2014 13:55
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/7042

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