Scott Fraser on why eyewitnesses get it wrong

This is a talk from Scott Fraser, a forensic psychologist, on why eyewitness testimony is so terribly unreliable. This talk centers on criminal cases, but it may bring to mind a certain deity – the written accounts of whom its followers claim are based on eyewitness testimony some four decades earlier.

Update: some alert readers have pointed out that, in a massive dose of irony, Fraser is wrong about the second WTC tower footage; there was a great deal of live coverage of both towers collapsing.

It is likely that Fraser meant to refer to this study, which shows false memories of the first plane hitting the first tower. That's the footage that wasn't broadcasted until a day later.

Given that TED has a considerable delay before they post these talks online, I'm rather surprised they still put it up despite the error.


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