Our memory is faulty, and the judicial system needs to acknowledge this, argues Ross Pomeroy in today's lesson.
Why, for instance, do eyewitnesses finger the wrong person in a crime? They're not lying. As Pomeroy points out, in the vast majority of case, the witnesses "profoundly and genuinely believed that the people they accused were the perpetrators of the crimes."
Pomeroy points to research that demonstrates how memories of erroneous details can be triggered and recalled.