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The Science of Perception and Memory: A Pragmatic Guide for the Justice System

Daniel Reisberg


A robbery victim tries to remember how the crime unfolded and who was present at the scene. A medical patient recalls the doctor saying that the pain in her side wasn’t worrisome, and now that the tumor is much larger, she’s suing. An investigation of insider trading hinges on someone’s memory of exactly what was said at a particular business meeting. In these and countless other examples, our ability to remember our experiences is crucial for the justice system. The problem, though, is that perception and memory are fallible. How often do our eyes or memories deceive us? Is there some way to ... More

Keywords: perception, memory, cognition, justice system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199826964
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199826964.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Reisberg, author
Reed College