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Scholars Day: April 9, 2014

Are Some Things Actually Better Left Unsaid?

In 1990, Schooler and Engstsler-Schooler ran a series of experiments that are now considered classic. They demonstrated that verbal description of a face negatively impacted ability to later identify that same face. However, later studies sometimes failed to reproduce the same results, creating uncertainty about a conclusion that has been considered foundational in Psychology. The present study represents another attempt to replicate the original effect. Brockport student participants viewed a short video clip. They were later shown several options and asked to identify the face they had seen, and to indicate their level of confidence in their choice. The obtained results deviated from the original study in some critical respects. These results may have important implications for how eyewitness testimony is currently viewed.


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Presenters: Elizabeth Rodenburg (Undergraduate Student)
Blaze Veljovski (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Psychology
Location: 26/28 Hartwell
Time: 2:30 pm Session IV