The Science of Eyewitness Memory: Factors empirically demonstrated to reduce the reliability of eyewitness identifications

Trent Terrell
Trent Terrell |

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.

Live Video-Broadcast: October 31, 2022

The Science of Eyewitness Memory: Factors empirically demonstrated to reduce the reliability of eyewitness identifications

$195.00 2 hour CLE

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Program Summary

Fifty years of scientific research has conclusively established that eyewitness memory is unreliable. This program will summarize the factors that have been experimentally demonstrated to reduce the reliability of eyewitness identifications. The presenter will apply these findings to several real-world cases involving photospreads, field identifications, and witnesses who have contaminated their own identifications with social media research prior to meeting with police. The program will discuss how expert findings can be applied both in a trial setting and pre-trial to reduce the likelihood that identifications will factor into trial.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • A quick overview of what memory is, and more importantly what it isn't, that a jury can quickly understand
  • A thorough overview of the most common factors experimentally-demonstrated to impact the reliability of eyewitness identifications
  • Review of several real-world cases involving photospread identifications and field identifications
  • Strategies for mitigating the impact of identifications, both before and during trial

Date / Time: October 31, 2022

  • 2:00 pm – 4:10 pm Eastern
  • 1:00 pm – 3:10 pm Central
  • 12:00 pm – 2:10 pm Mountain
  • 11:00 am – 1:10 pm Pacific

 

Closed-captioning available

Speakers

Trent-Terrell_FedBarTrent Terrell

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. He has also given online CLEs to Lawline and LawPractice CLE.

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.

Agenda

I. A quick overview of what memory is, and more importantly what it isn’t, that a jury can quickly understand | 2:00pm – 2:30pm

II. A thorough overview of the most common factors experimentally-demonstrated to impact the reliability of eyewitness identifications | 2:30pm – 3:00pm

Break | 3:00pm – 3:10pm

III. Review of several real-world cases involving photospread identifications and field identifications | 3:10pm – 3:40pm

IV. Strategies for mitigating the impact of identifications, both before and during trial | 3:40pm – 4:10pm