Witness for the Defense: The Accused, the Eyewitness, and the Expert Who Puts Memory on Trial (English Edition) por Dr. Elizabeth Loftus

October 14, 2019

Witness for the Defense: The Accused, the Eyewitness, and the Expert Who Puts Memory on Trial (English Edition) por Dr. Elizabeth Loftus

Titulo del libro: Witness for the Defense: The Accused, the Eyewitness, and the Expert Who Puts Memory on Trial (English Edition)

Autor: Dr. Elizabeth Loftus

Número de páginas: 312 páginas

Fecha de lanzamiento: June 2, 2015

Editor: St. Martin's Press

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Dr. Elizabeth Loftus con Witness for the Defense: The Accused, the Eyewitness, and the Expert Who Puts Memory on Trial (English Edition)

"The study of memory had become my specialty, my passion. In the next few years I wrote dozens of papers about how memory works and how it fails, but unlike most researchers studying memory, my work kept reaching out into the real world. To what extent, I wondered, could a person's memory be shaped by suggestion? When people witness a serious automobile accident, how accurate is their recollection of the facts? If a witness is questioned by a police officer, will the manner of questioning alter the representation of the memory? Can memories be supplemented with additional, false information?"

The "passion" Loftus describes in the lines above led her to a teaching career at the University of Washington and, perhaps more importantly, into hundreds of courtrooms as an expert witness on the fallibility of eyewitness accounts. As she has explained in numerous trials, and as she convincingly argues in this absorbing book, eyewitness accounts can be and often are so distorted that they no longer resemble the truth.