Psychology 2990A/B Chapter Notes - Chapter 1: Procedural Justice, Lie Detection, Surefire

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The argument goes, if an eyewitness saw the suspect commit the crime and then picked the suspect out of a line up later, that"s pretty good evidence the suspect is the guilty party. if a witness selects a suspect from a line up, jurors, police investigators, and judges are likely to assume that the witness is right. if a witness selects a suspect from a line up, jurors, police investigators and judges are likely to assume that the witness is right if only one person was shown and that person was innocent, a mistaken identification was 4 times more likely than when the same person appeared in a 6 person line up witnesses often choose the person in a line up who most resembles the criminal, even if the resemblance is not strong. to avoid best guess problem, social psychologists recommend that police follow these steps:

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