Schemas and Witness Recall

What are schemas? How do schemas influence the way a witness recalls an event?

Schemas and stereotypes are shortcuts in memory, learning and decision making that are not necessarily accurate to the real world. Sometimes eye witnesses change their memories to fit schemas, which is called confabulation. Schemas are influenced by personal experiences, beliefs, education, understanding etc, and can distort what an eye witness reports unconsciously.

About Stu Dunn

With a background in sales and behavioural science, I enjoy learning more about people, behaviour, psychology - which led into motivation - and more recently - sales again. Having started my own real estate company with my wife, it's time to merge interests.
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