I believe that when it comes to eye-witness testimonies in any kind of court case, our memories cannot always be trustworthy due to the power of suggestion. As Wade and Tavris (2012) mentions, that even on criminal TV shows the lineup for the witness can be misleading and therefore a person can be wrongfully identified (p. 267). In these TV shows they can tell you that one of these people are in fact the accused or they can tell you the one might not be in the lineup. Here is a painted picture of suggestion because it is telling the witness that they may or may not have the person in custody at the present time. When an eye-witness recalls a memory they can interpret things differently then what they had actually seen. Especially if they are under stress, there is poor lighting or if the person can be bias when it has to do with different ethnic backgrounds. When under stress a person can interpret their thoughts differently or place items in it that were not there before, basically reconstructing a story in their mind of what they believe to have happened. We may not see a
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- Psychology, witness, poor lighting, Professor Elizabeth Loftus