​Read the following two linked articles and then respond to the items below thoughtfully. Responses should be 2 - 3 pages (assuming regular font size and spacing) and show evidence of having read the articles and critical thinking.

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Article 1: Eyewitness Memory is More Reliable than You Think (Links to an external site.)

Article 2: How Reliable is Eyewitness Testimony? (Links to an external site.)

For your paper, answer the following:

  1. Based on what you read in the articles and the textbook, do you think that eyewitness testimony is reliable?  Make sure to explain your position.
  2. Connect what you read to the text.  Identify two concepts from the text that would help explain differences in eyewitness accuracy and explain in what way these concepts would affect memory.
  3. Based on what you have read and your own thoughts, do you think that providing juries with explicit instructions about the potential for eyewitness errors is warranted.  Make sure to explain why or why not. 

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The reliability of eyewitness testimony is largely determined by the procedure followed in
collecting the evidence. It is difficult to collectively decide on the reliability of eyewitness
testimony. It would also be imprudent to dismiss all eyewitness testimonies because some law
officers, through acts of commission or omission, may contaminate the evidence. Instead,
various factors should be considered when judging each individual eyewitness testimony. These
factors would include; whether or not the eyewitness evidence was the initial evidence, whether
or not the eyewitness interacted with persons who may have distorted his/her memory before
collection of the testimony, the confidence of the eyewitnes...

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