One and Done: Researchers Urge Testing Eyewitness Memory Only Once

By Inga Kiderra
November 03, 2021

To prevent wrongful convictions, only the first identification of a suspect should be considered

We all know the scene from countless courtroom dramas: A witness points at the defendant and confidently declares to judge and jury: “That’s the one, that’s who did it!” But is it? Perhaps. If that same witness was also confident the very first time their memory was tested – write a team of psychological scientists and criminologists led by memory expert John Wixted of the University of California San Diego. Otherwise, there’s too high a chance that a contaminated memory will convict an innocent person. [Read more on UC San Diego Press Release]