Audience-Congruent Biases in Eyewitness Memory and Judgment Influences of a Co-Witness' Liking for a Suspect

Kopietz R, Echterhoff G, Niemeier S, Hellmann JH, Memon A (2009)
Social Psychology 40(3): 138-149.

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In studies on biased eyewitness memory, the biasing information about the witnessed event is typically detailed and specific. We investigated the influence of global biasing information, such as a co-witness' impression of a suspect. Student participants watched a video depicting a bar-brawl involving a male target person. After retelling the incident to a generic fellow student who presumably disliked (vs. liked) the target person, participants exhibited audience-congruent biases in memory and judgment: They remembered more negative information about the target, believed he was more responsible, and assigned him longer penalties. No such effects were found when participants were less motivated to create a shared view about the incident (with the audience being a student from a different study field).
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Kopietz R, Echterhoff G, Niemeier S, Hellmann JH, Memon A. Audience-Congruent Biases in Eyewitness Memory and Judgment Influences of a Co-Witness' Liking for a Suspect. Social Psychology. 2009;40(3):138-149.
Kopietz, R., Echterhoff, G., Niemeier, S., Hellmann, J. H., & Memon, A. (2009). Audience-Congruent Biases in Eyewitness Memory and Judgment Influences of a Co-Witness' Liking for a Suspect. Social Psychology, 40(3), 138-149.
Kopietz, R., Echterhoff, G., Niemeier, S., Hellmann, J. H., and Memon, A. (2009). Audience-Congruent Biases in Eyewitness Memory and Judgment Influences of a Co-Witness' Liking for a Suspect. Social Psychology 40, 138-149.
Kopietz, R., et al., 2009. Audience-Congruent Biases in Eyewitness Memory and Judgment Influences of a Co-Witness' Liking for a Suspect. Social Psychology, 40(3), p 138-149.
R. Kopietz, et al., “Audience-Congruent Biases in Eyewitness Memory and Judgment Influences of a Co-Witness' Liking for a Suspect”, Social Psychology, vol. 40, 2009, pp. 138-149.
Kopietz, R., Echterhoff, G., Niemeier, S., Hellmann, J.H., Memon, A.: Audience-Congruent Biases in Eyewitness Memory and Judgment Influences of a Co-Witness' Liking for a Suspect. Social Psychology. 40, 138-149 (2009).
Kopietz, René, Echterhoff, Gerald, Niemeier, Sarah, Hellmann, Jens H., and Memon, Amina. “Audience-Congruent Biases in Eyewitness Memory and Judgment Influences of a Co-Witness' Liking for a Suspect”. Social Psychology 40.3 (2009): 138-149.
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