The Validity of an Eyewitness Testimony in the Investigative Stage-Kerr, Erica.docx

Investigation can also lead the eyewitness change

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investigation can also lead the eyewitness change their minds, and cause them to gain stress, anxiety and even nightmares (Wells, G., & Olson, E, 2003) . There have been studies that show that people who are naturally anxious and the mind is consistently pre-occupied tend to perform below par during eye witness statements and during trials (Wells, G., & Olson, E, 2003) . During the process it is good for the eyewitness to speak to an advocate or psychologist to make sure their mental state is up to par during the investigation. This well help the mental state of the eyewitness stable during the investigation (Wells, G., & Olson, E, 2003) . Conclusion
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THE VALIDITY OF AN EYE WITNESS TESTIMONY IN THE INVESTIGATIVE STAGE 6 In conclusion, the eyewitness is a very important piece to an investigation. If the eyewitness isn’t handled properly during the investigation it can make or break the case during the trial. The investigators should make sure during the investigation and line-up the eye-witness isn’t pushed to answer questions, and make sure that during the line-up they do not persuade the identification process. It is also important to make sure the eye-witness is safe, and that no other exterior environments, such as the suspect or other influential people speak to them. It is also good to have a victim’s advocate to speak the eyewitness to assure them their testimony will be helpful and help put the suspect away for good.
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THE VALIDITY OF AN EYE WITNESS TESTIMONY IN THE INVESTIGATIVE STAGE 7 References Bartol, Curt (2019) Introduction to Forensic Psychology. Eyewitness Evidence. Pgs. 110-111 Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm), Films Media Group, & Online Classroom Ltd (Directors). (2009). Eyewitness testimony: Psychological aspects Wells, G., & Olson, E. (2003). Eyewitness testimony. Annual Review of Psychology, 54 , 277- 295. doi: 10.1146/annurev.psych.54.101601.145028 Amina, M., Steven, D., & Gary, L. (2006). Eyewitness evidence: Improving its probative  value.   Psychological Science in the Public Interest,   7 (2), 45-75. doi:10.1111/j.1529- 1006.2006. 00027.x
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  • Fall '08
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  • Psychology, Eyewitness identification, witness, Bartol

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