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Exploring the influence of gender and post-event information on memory for suspects Rennie, Erin

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The goal of this thesis was to investigate factors that influence eyewitnesses' memories for suspects. To investigate memory for suspects, I conducted two experiments. In Chapter 2, I report a study that focused on the influence of subject and suspect gender on witnesses' perceptions of and memories for suspects. In Chapter 3, I report a study that focused on the influence of post-event descriptions of suspects on witnesses' memories for suspects. Together, these studies revealed that women are better than men at remembering male and female suspects. In addition, women are especially good at remembering suspect's clothing. These findings are a first step towards understanding eyewitness memory for suspects.

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