Studying Eyewitnesses According to Loftus Studies Discussion\
- According to Loftus, why is the study of eyewitness memory important? Be sure to include a specific quotation from the excerpt above to support your explanation.
- Do the Loftus studies support the use of eyewitness testimony as evidence in court proceedings? Be sure to include specific details from the studies to support your position.
Read the following excerpt from Loftus (1975):
“Although current theories of memory are derived largely from experiments including lists of words or sentences, many memories in occurring everyday life involve complex, largely visual, and often fast moving events. Of course, we are rarely required to provide precise recall of such experiences though as we age, we often volunteer them but on occasion such recall is demanded, as when we have witnessed a crime or an accident. Our theories should be able to encompass such socially important forms of memory. It is clearly of concern to the law, to police and insurance investigators, and to others to know something about the completeness, accuracy, and malleability of such memories.”