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The effects of the age of eyewitnesses on the accuracy and suggestibility of their testimony

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dc.contributor.author Coxon, P., & Valentine, T.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-03-18T17:13:59Z
dc.date.available 2014-03-18T17:13:59Z
dc.date.issued 1997
dc.identifier.citation Coxon, P., & Valentine, T. The effects of the age of eyewitnesses on the accuracy and suggestibility of their testimony. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 11, 415-430. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.valentinemoore.co.uk/trv/coxonvalentine.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/1323
dc.description.abstract Previous studies have compared the performance of young adult eyewitnesses with that of children or elderly witnesses, but few studies have allowed direct comparison of the performance of all three age groups. The accuracy and suggestibility of accounts of a video recording of a kidnapping was investigated using an experimental eyewitness paradigm. Subjects were drawn from three age groups; children (aged 7 - 9 years); young adults (aged 16 - 18 years) and elderly subjects (aged 60 - 85 years). Subjects' accuracy in answering non-misleading questions and their susceptibility to misleading information was measured. Both the elderly and child subjects gave fewer correct answers and more incorrect answers to non-misleading questions than did young adults. The elderly subjects gave fewer correct responses but also fewer incorrect responses to non-misleading questions than did child subjects. Children were more suggestible than either elderly or young adults. No significant difference was found in the suggestibility of elderly and young adults. Contrary to the trace strength hypothesis no relationship was found between accuracy of recall and suggestibility. en_US
dc.publisher Applied Cognitive Psychology en_US
dc.subject child testimony en_US
dc.subject child witness en_US
dc.subject accuracy en_US
dc.subject suggestibility en_US
dc.title The effects of the age of eyewitnesses on the accuracy and suggestibility of their testimony en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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