Discussion Questions 177-182

Discussion Questions 177-182 - memories by skewing theyre...

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Robby Regan PID: 905427510 10/5/2010 Tuesday 2:30 Honor Code Signature ________________________________ 1. The actual process that is used in an eyewitness account is recalling something from your memory rather than vision. Since people’s memories are not completely reliable on every occasion, we find that eyewitness accounts are not exactly reliable either. It is simple to skew someone’s memory of what happened. 2. Choice of words in the questions asked to subjects can be a major factor in influencing testimonies. He used the word ‘a’ in some subject’s questions and ‘the’ in other subject’s questions and got completely different results. Loftus found that you can change people’s
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Unformatted text preview: memories by skewing theyre thought process. 3. Police officers and lawyers can skew peoples memories by choice of words. As in the readings, the police officers changed the way the asked questions. For instance, asking if they saw an object versus the object.j 4. One time I was with a teammate of mine and we were playing tennis at practice. We were practicing serves and returns. When I served my first serve, I aced my teammate. Then I served again, I aced him again. This happened what felt like 4 more times, but my coach who was watching assured me it was 8 times. I thought I counted correctly, but I clearly was wrong because I my coach....
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This note was uploaded on 12/20/2011 for the course PSYC 2004 taught by Professor Dmharris during the Fall '06 term at Virginia Tech.

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