Saturday, October 08, 2005

Fun with Textbooks

Here's an amusing excerpt from my Forensic Psych textbook:
E. Loftus has demonstrated that, through the use of misleading questioning, witnesses can be made to report such things as barns that were not seen, an assailant with curly hair whose hair was in fact straight, broken glass in car accidents that in reality involved no broken glass, incorrect colors of objects, and changes in the frequency of one's own headache pain.
Okay, so most of those I would expect in a discussion of the infalliability of witness memory, but that whole "barns that were not seen" thing just seems so random. Cracks me up. I may have to check out the reference (Loftus, "Leading Questions and the Eyewitness Report") to see what the whole story is.

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