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The effects of witness note taking and retention interval on eyewitness memory

By Tochukwu Ojiakonobi Onwuegbusi

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The full text of this dissertation is available only to University of Leicester members. Please log in with your CFS username and password when prompted.The present study examines the effects of note taking and retention interval on eyewitness memory. Forty (40) University of Leicester students watched a three minutes film depicting a bank robbery. A 2 x 2 between groups MANOVA with equal cell sizes was used to examine the effects of note taking and retention interval on correct recall, error and confabulations. The result showed a multivariate difference between note and no note group on the combined DVs with correct recall accounting for the difference.There was no significant difference between the two days and one week interval conditions on the combined DVs. There was also a non significant intercation between note taking and retention interval on combined DVs. The effects of note taking and retention interval on identification accuracy was also examined. The result of a 2 x 2 chisquare test showed no evidence of association between the two variables and identification accuracy. The relationship between confidence and accuracy was weak for recall memory and for recognition memory there was no correlation between confidence and accuracy. There was no correlation between confidence and accuracy. There was no correlation between note review and correct recall.University of Leiceste

Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:lra.le.ac.uk:2381/3819
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