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Running Head: Memory in Crime Scene Investigations1Memory in Crime Scene InvestigationsDepartment of Psychology, Southern New Hampshire UniversityPSY 540 Cognitive ProcessesDr. Brandan ChumanThe criminal justice system is one that is ever changing. In our lifetime it is likely that wewill either witness a crime, commit a crime or be the victim of a crime. In order to solve theseproblems, we must rely on evidence and witness statements to get justice for all involved. As
Memory in Crime Scene Investigations2advances are made in technology and streaming, there are more shows based on crime ontelevision. There are shows focused on gangs, military crime, sexual crimes, drug deals andmisdemeanor level crimes. Because of the ongoing concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic,people are staying home and watching television more than they used to as they are asked to stayhome and limit human interactions. This can cause issues as these shows can create falsememories or change their memory of the events that have happened in their lives. If a crime seenon television is similar to a crime you are asked to make a witness statement on, details can beswitched and in turn ruin the reliability and validity of the witness statement. How can weimprove memory to ensure an accurate eyewitness statement?
Memory in Crime Scene Investigations2brains. The more we rehearse this memory, the longer we can hold on to it (McBride & Cutting2018). We can increase our short-term memory by using techniques such as chunking. However,when we are witnessing a crime, it all happens so fast, and we do not have the chance to usetechniques to increase our chances of remembering what happened. We use the rehearsal methodto keep the memory of the crime in our head, however, we may not want to replay that memory

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