Eyewitness Memory for a Touching Experience: Accuracy Differences Between Child and Adult Witnesses

  • Leippe M
  • Romanczyk A
  • Manion A
  • 33

    Readers

    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • 58

    Citations

    Citations of this article.

Abstract

Children, ages 5-6 and 9-10 years, and adults spent 6 min with a man (toucher) who administered a test that required interpersonal touch. The test was briefly interrupted by a woman (intruder). Afterward, the participant-witnesses provided a memory report that included free recall, answers to objective-memory questions, and two lineup identifications. Relative to the adults and older children, the 5- to 6-year-olds gave less complete free recall and made more errors in answering objective questions about the features and actions of the toucher and the intruder. On recognition tests, both the 5- to 6- and 9- to 10-year-olds were somewhat less likely than adults to make accurate lineup decisions about the toucher and much less likely to accurately identify the briefly seen intruder. Children may remember even salient stimuli and actions more poorly than adults do, but there was no evidence that children misremembered touches that did not occur.

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document

Authors

  • Michael R. Leippe

  • Ann Romanczyk

  • Andrew P. Manion

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free