Tag: Write a short report on your findings from the set task
Write a short report on your findings from the set task.
The two video records provided different accounts of the observed event. The second video consists of added information not present in the first video, which appears exaggerated. Drawing my explanation from Hugo Munsterberg, a researcher, EWT often gives different accounts of an event since the testimony is often affected by emotions, such as excitement, anger or sadness. According to the task, the second testimony is exaggerated due to false memories where the witness ends up recalling the event. The second record findings may have been distorted due to poor questioning skills or the observers forgetting the scene, hence recalling.
Briefly describe what you did.
I took a video of people explaining an observation for five seconds. After an hour, I took another video of them explaining the same observation. I made a comparison between the two videos to check the validity of the information provided.
How many people did you test?
I tested three people present in the event at the same time.
What did your results show?
The results provided different accounts of the event from the three individuals. The first video was brief and concise compared to the second video, where all the three individuals provided almost similar information. The second video was different in all the three individuals, where each provided different accounts of the event. The explanation given by the first person was different from the second and third. Each information was exaggerated and consisted of added information not present in the first video.
Does this confirm or disagree with research on eye witness testimonies?
The findings confirm to the research on eye witness testimonies that how crime is perceived depends on the witness’s ability to define crime and testify. The main challenge with Eye witness testimony is the observer’s ability to give a valid and exact account of the event. The test provides a different account because the observer’s memory is influenced socially by either life experiences or culture. Most of the time, the eye witness testimony is considered biased. To provide accurate testimonies, eyewitnesses are trained, and police officers are trained on how to question suspects.