Enhancing performance: Factors affecting the informativeness of young witnesses

Michael E. Lamb, Yael Orbach, Amye R. Warren, Phillip W. Esplin, Irit Hershkowitz

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Over the past 25 years, many researchers have studied children’s testimony with a particular focus on children’s capacities to provide reliable and valid information about their past experiences (see reviews by Ceci & Bruck, 1995; Ceci, Leichtman, & Putnick, 1992; Dent & Flin, 1992; McGough, 1994; Memon & Bull, 1999; Perry & Wrightsman, 1991; Poole & Lamb, 1998; Spencer & Flin, 1990). Initially, most researchers conducted controlled studies in the laboratory, but their ecological validity was often questioned (Doris, 1991; Lamb & Thierry, 2005). Since then, studies conducted in both field and laboratory circumstances have focused more narrowly on issues of particular relevance to forensic application—and have helped generate a remarkable consensus about children’s competencies and limitations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of Eyewitness Psychology
Subtitle of host publicationVolume I: Memory for Events
EditorsM. P. Toglia, J. D. Read, D. F. Ross , R. C. L. Lindsay
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781351543705
ISBN (Print)9780805851519
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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