Title

Effects of alcohol intoxication and encoding conditions on eyewitness memory

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

First Advisor's Name

Brian L. Cutler

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Janat Parker

Third Advisor's Name

Joan Erber

Keywords

Forensic psychology, Witnesses, Psychology, Memory, Alcohol, Physiological effect

Date of Defense

6-4-1993

Abstract

Several researchers have investigated the effects of alcohol on memory. Few researchers have studied the effects of alcohol on an eyewitness's recall and recognition of crime events. This study proposed to examine the effects of alcohol and viewing conditions on subjects' ability to recall information regarding a videotaped bank robbery. Thirty male and 22 female subjects participated in a 2 (consumption: alcohol v. no alcohol) x 2 (lighting: good v. poor) factorial experiment with Average Accuracy and Total Amount of Information recalled as the primary dependent measures. There was no significant difference between the Intoxicated and Sober subjects regarding the amount of information recalled or their average accuracy. The main effect for lighting conditions and gender differences were also not significant.

Identifier

FI14052533

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