The Science of Eyewitness Memory is a fascinating field of study that looks at how reliable a person’s memory can be when it comes to identifying someone. It is important to understand the limitations of human memory, such as how quickly details can be forgotten and how easily memories can be distorted. Research has identified a number of factors that can affect the reliability of an eyewitness identification, such as poor lighting, stress levels, and prior knowledge about the suspect. Case examples of field identifications have been used to illustrate how these factors can influence the accuracy of an eyewitness ID. With the rise of social media, experts are also exploring the potential for eyewitness identifications to be based on seeing a person’s face in a photo or video on social media. This adds another layer of complexity to the science of eyewitness memory.
This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.
Key topics to be discussed:
A Quick Recap of The Science Of Eyewitness Memory
Limitations of Human Memory
Factors known to limit Eyewitness ID reliability
Field Identifications with case Examples
A discussion of “Social Media” IDs
Date: February 20, 2023
Trent Terrell has been a professor of psychology at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, TX since 2008. He has published numerous papers on eyewitness memory and eyewitness identification. Trent has testified as a memory expert in over 40 criminal cases in Texas, and consulted on over 130, ranging from petty theft to capital murder. He has given CLEs on eyewitness memory to the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the National District Attorneys Association in Houston, and the Center for American and International Law in Plano, TX.
Trent has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a master’s degree in Neuroscience, and a Ph.D. in experimental psychology, all from Baylor University. He lives in Temple, TX with his wife Rosemary and their three children.
I. A Quick Recap of The Science Of Eyewitness Memory | 2:00pm – 2:20pm
Limitations of Human Memory | 2:00pm – 2:10pm
Factors known to limit Eyewitness ID reliability | 2:10pm – 2:20pm
II. Field Identifications with case Examples | 2:20pm – 2:40pm
III. A discussion of “Social Media” IDs | 2:40pm – 3:00pm