Eyewitness Testimony: Incentive and Co-witness Confidence

Diana Ortega-Ramirez Goshen College, Emma Schrock Goshen College
Faculty Sponsor(s): Julie Reese Goshen College
Research has indicated that memory is correlated with the misinformation effect, and specifically, eyewitness testimony. The misinformation effect occurs when the person is exposed to something (possibly a misleading question) that can contaminate the memories of what the person witnessed. According to Robertson (2017), witnesses were less likely to offer false information even when there was an incentive present. This study will be helpful because it will test how incentives, and the confidence in co- witnesses can negatively or positively affect a person's memory of an event which has not been examined. The first hypothesis is incentives will help the participants to be more accurate. The second hypothesis is confidence of the co-witness increases confidence in the participant for whatever the recall is: accurate or inaccurate information. Data will be analyzed and results will be discussed.
Oral Presentation

When & Where

10:30 AM
Pharmacy & Health Sciences 103