The effect of a weapon on children's and adult's eyewitness memory

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dc.contributor.advisor Pickel, Kerri L. en_US
dc.contributor.author Jameson, Molly M. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:40:46Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:40:46Z
dc.date.created 2005 en_US
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 2005 .J36 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/188041
dc.description.abstract The effect of a weapon on memory accuracy for children and adults was examined. One-hundred eighty-six participants (87 7- and 8-year-old children and 99 college undergraduates) viewed one of four videotaped scenes in which a target individual committed a crime while carrying either a weapon that was consistent or inconsistent with his schema role or a neutral non-weapon that was consistent with his role. Participants were individually interviewed about the target's physical appearance. The results indicated that participants of both age groups were less accurate when the target individual carried a weapon that was inconsistent rather than consistent with his schema role. The results also indicated that adults were more accurate overall than children. These findings are consistent with previous findings on weapon focus effect and add to our knowledge of the development of memory.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Psychological Science
dc.format.extent v, 34 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Eyewitness identification. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Child witnesses -- Psychology. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Schemas (Psychology) in children. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Witnesses -- Psychology. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Schemas (Psychology) en_US
dc.title The effect of a weapon on children's and adult's eyewitness memory en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1318617 en_US


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