• Open Access Science Articles
  • Science Sessions: The PNAS Podcast Program

Why eyewitnesses fail

  1. Thomas D. Albrighta,1
  1. aThe Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA 92037
  1. Edited by Charles D. Gilbert, The Rockefeller University, New York, NY, and approved June 13, 2017 (received for review April 25, 2017)

Abstract

Eyewitness identifications play an important role in the investigation and prosecution of crimes, but it is well known that eyewitnesses make mistakes, often with serious consequences. In light of these concerns, the National Academy of Sciences recently convened a panel of experts to undertake a comprehensive study of current practice and use of eyewitness testimony, with an eye toward understanding why identification errors occur and what can be done to prevent them. The work of this committee led to key findings and recommendations for reform, detailed in a consensus report entitled Identifying the Culprit: Assessing Eyewitness Identification. In this review, I focus on the scientific issues that emerged from this study, along with brief discussions of how these issues led to specific recommendations for additional research, best practices for law enforcement, and use of eyewitness evidence by the courts.

Footnotes

  • ?1Email: tom{at}salk.edu.
  • Author contributions: T.D.A. wrote the paper.

  • The author declares no conflict of interest.

  • This article is a PNAS Direct Submission.

Online Impact

    <mark id="UPyyYwe"></mark>
    <font id="UPyyYwe"><strike id="UPyyYwe"><nobr id="UPyyYwe"></nobr></strike></font><font id="UPyyYwe"><ruby id="UPyyYwe"></ruby></font>
    <dfn id="UPyyYwe"></dfn><dfn id="UPyyYwe"><ruby id="UPyyYwe"><noframes id="UPyyYwe">
    <font id="UPyyYwe"><ruby id="UPyyYwe"></ruby></font>
    <mark id="UPyyYwe"><dl id="UPyyYwe"></dl></mark>
    <dfn id="UPyyYwe"><dl id="UPyyYwe"></dl></dfn>
    <font id="UPyyYwe"><dl id="UPyyYwe"><noframes id="UPyyYwe">
    <mark id="UPyyYwe"></mark>
    <font id="UPyyYwe"><dl id="UPyyYwe"></dl></font>
    <mark id="UPyyYwe"></mark><dfn id="UPyyYwe"><dl id="UPyyYwe"><noframes id="UPyyYwe">
    <mark id="UPyyYwe"></mark>
    <mark id="UPyyYwe"></mark>
    <mark id="UPyyYwe"></mark>
    <dfn id="UPyyYwe"></dfn> <mark id="UPyyYwe"></mark>
    <font id="UPyyYwe"><strike id="UPyyYwe"></strike></font><dfn id="UPyyYwe"></dfn>
    <font id="UPyyYwe"></font><font id="UPyyYwe"><dl id="UPyyYwe"><sub id="UPyyYwe"></sub></dl></font><dfn id="UPyyYwe"><dl id="UPyyYwe"></dl></dfn>
    <mark id="UPyyYwe"></mark>
    <dfn id="UPyyYwe"><dl id="UPyyYwe"><noframes id="UPyyYwe">
    <mark id="UPyyYwe"></mark>
    <mark id="UPyyYwe"><dl id="UPyyYwe"><sub id="UPyyYwe"></sub></dl></mark>
    <font id="UPyyYwe"><ruby id="UPyyYwe"></ruby></font>
    <font id="UPyyYwe"></font><dfn id="UPyyYwe"></dfn>
  • 975701304 2018-02-20
  • 619701303 2018-02-20
  • 6291841302 2018-02-20
  • 8182271301 2018-02-20
  • 7717531300 2018-02-20
  • 2811781299 2018-02-20
  • 9132041298 2018-02-20
  • 285331297 2018-02-20
  • 2838721296 2018-02-20
  • 274321295 2018-02-20
  • 2027431294 2018-02-20
  • 2738641293 2018-02-20
  • 9584601292 2018-02-20
  • 9002021291 2018-02-20
  • 7995901290 2018-02-20
  • 8428311289 2018-02-20
  • 8479981288 2018-02-19
  • 4088241287 2018-02-19
  • 6348191286 2018-02-19
  • 4338491285 2018-02-19