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When less is more: Metacognitive strategies in eyewitness reports

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This study investigated grain size of eyewitness reports. A trade-off is assumed between accuracy and informativeness: The more precise a statement the less likely it is to be correct. Participants (N = 48) watched a film of a staged theft and provided person and event descriptions, both coarse and precise. Descriptions were given either immediately or the next day, and their degree of precision was assessed via rating scales. While coarse descriptions contained fewer incorrect details than precise descriptions the trade-off was stronger for event descriptions than person descriptions. Implications for interviewing eyewitnesses are discussed.
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Krix, Alana. and Sporer, Siegfried. "When less is more: Metacognitive strategies in eyewitness reports" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology - Law Society, Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, BC, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p399084_index.html>

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Krix, A. C. and Sporer, S. L. "When less is more: Metacognitive strategies in eyewitness reports" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology - Law Society, Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, BC, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p399084_index.html

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Abstract: This study investigated grain size of eyewitness reports. A trade-off is assumed between accuracy and informativeness: The more precise a statement the less likely it is to be correct. Participants (N = 48) watched a film of a staged theft and provided person and event descriptions, both coarse and precise. Descriptions were given either immediately or the next day, and their degree of precision was assessed via rating scales. While coarse descriptions contained fewer incorrect details than precise descriptions the trade-off was stronger for event descriptions than person descriptions. Implications for interviewing eyewitnesses are discussed.


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