publication . Article . 2016

Perceptual Load Affects Eyewitness Accuracy & Susceptibility to Leading Questions

Gillian Murphy; Ciara Mary Greene;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Aug 2016 Journal: Frontiers in Psychology (issn: 1664-1078, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
Load Theory (Lavie, 1995; 2005) states that the level of perceptual load in a task (i.e. the amount of information involved in processing task-relevant stimuli) determines the efficiency of selective attention. There is evidence that perceptual load affects distractor processing, with increased inattentional blindness under high load. Given that high load can result in individuals failing to report seeing obvious objects, it is conceivable that load may also impair memory for the scene. The current study is the first to assess the effect of perceptual load on eyewitness memory. Across three experiments (two video-based and one in a driving simulator), the effect...
free text keywords: Attention, Perception, Eyewitness Memory, perceptual load, Reconstructive memory, Psychology, BF1-990
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