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Lynn Nadel and Walter P. Sinnott-Armstrong

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199920754

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199920754.001.0001

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Ten Things the Law and Others Should Know about Human Memory

Ten Things the Law and Others Should Know about Human Memory

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(p.359) 14 Ten Things the Law and Others Should Know about Human Memory
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Memory and Law
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Martin A. Conway

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199920754.003.0014

This chapter describes my experiences a memory expert witness and how these led to a major report by the British Psychological Society on memory and the law. The aim of this report was to provide a set of guidelines about human memory that were agreed by a broad range of memory researchers and supported by scientific findings. The intention was to provide an authoritative source that could be used by non-experts and which would also stop the selective use of findings that so undermines expert testimony.

Keywords:   expert witness, memory guidelines, memory and the law, autobiographical memory, scientific evidence

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