Monday, March 9, 2009

60 Minutes Memory Episode

Sunday's "60 Minutes" had a double-length segment on the problems with eyewitness identification. As I watched it I looked for some other information online so I thought I would share with you all.

60 Minutes -- didn't see it or tape it? Never mind, it's online. (I'm guessing it's only going to be available for a limited time online, though.) See the videos and read the transcript, plus see a short online exclusive video with Elizabeth Loftus on creating a false memory ("the Bunny Effect").

Picking Cotton -- the book by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton has its own web site and it's awesome, especially the Case File section where you get to see all of the evidence.

The Innocence Project -- the project started in 1992 to use DNA evidence to help free wrongly convicted people.

The eyewitness test shown on "60 Minutes" created by Iowa State's Gary Wells.

The rest of Dr. Wells' page is complete sensory overload but also
chock-full of links:

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