Many of us will be a witness to a violent crime at least once in our lifetime. The police will require us to give a statement describing the event in detail. But recalling it won’t be easy because our memory plays tricks on us. Eyewitness statements can’t always be relied on.
Eyewitness is an audacious and groundbreaking three part series, made by the BBC in collaboration with Greater Manchester Police. The programmes explore the fallibility of human memory in witness testimony, by creating eyewitnesses and looking at real life cases crucial to the eyewitness story, as well as looking behind the scenes of the series and finding out more about the experts and their work.
Misidentification: can you identify the criminal? Featuring: Video Audio Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Professor Graham Pike from the Open University guides us through the eyewitness experience by viewing a crime and... Watch now: Misidentification: can you identify the criminal?
Using an E-FIT facial composite system the Open University has created some celebrity images. Look at the images and... Read more: Identifying faces
Becky Milne explains the cognitive interview Featuring: Audio Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Dr Becky Milne, Principal Lecturer at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth,... Listen now: Becky Milne explains the cognitive interview
Dr Graham Pike, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, reveals how different lines of questioning and varying levels of... Watch now: Identification evidence
Johanna Motzkau, lecturer in Forensic Psychology at The Open University talks about factors that influence how we... Watch now: The mind of a witness
Visual identification: Photo credit card study Featuring: Video Copyrighted image Credit: Katarzyna Zwolska via Dreamstime.com under Limited Royalty Free Licenses (RF-LL)
Dr Nicola Brace, Senior Lecturer in Psychology talks us through the challenges eyewitnesses’ face when... Watch now: Visual identification: Photo credit card study
Dr Jovan Byford, Lecturer in Psychology at the Open University guides us through bystander intervention and the... Watch now: Bystander intervention
Dr Jovan Byford, Lecturer in Psychology at The Open Univeristy, offers an explanation of why, sometimes, people don't... Watch now: Why don't people intervene?
Dr Graham Pike, one of the contributors of the Eyewitness programmes talks us through the planning and ethical... Watch now: The ethics of Eyewitness
Professor Martin Conway, Professor of Cognitive Psychology at The University of Leeds talks us through flashbulb memory. Listen now: Martin Conway: Flashbulb memory
Cognitive psychologist Graham Pike contributed to the development of EFIT-V, a tool now being used to produce images... Watch now: Changing Faces
Professor Elizabeth Loftus on distorted memory Featuring: Video Copyrighted image Credit: Jupiter Images
Can our mind really play tricks on us? Leading Psychologist Elizabeth Loftus explains distorted memory. Watch now: Professor Elizabeth Loftus on distorted memory
First broadcast: Sunday 18 Apr 2010 on BBC TWO; you can see Eyewitness again on BBC Four, Sunday 3rd April, 2011 at 11.00pm.