Summary on THE EMOTIONAL EYEWITNESS: The effects of emotion on specific aspects
Of eyewitness recall and recognition performance, Kate A. Houston.
In law, judges greatly rely on the evidence presented before passing a judgment to the
alleged suspect. One of the key evidence that are highly applicable in such a scenario is that from
eyewitnesses. These are the individuals who are present at the occurrence of the crime or the
reported matter. However, the evidence produced by these eyewitnesses may not always be
100% true as it is argued by spooler and Schooler (2007) that the evidence given may be
influenced by different negative emotional experiences. This article is therefore aiming at
investigating the effects of these negative emotions that influence some specific aspects of
eyewitnesses’ capability to recall and recognize the specific aspects.
According to Wells, Memon, and Pearod (2006), the experience of emotions by an
eyewitness to a crime is a key variable that affects the reliability of the testimony given by an
eyewitness. They base their argument on that, most people who witnesses a negative emotional
event may have an...