Example and Hints

Psych3k Chapter 7, Assignment 3


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The purpose of this assignment is to encourage you to integrate what you have learned about memory, and apply it in a hypothetical, real-life situation.

I am not providing any details of the child's testimony, or those of the expert witnesses.  You provide the details, based on cases you have heard or read about in the media.  I will only identify the child as a five-year-old female who testifies that the thirty-year-old male defendant fondled her "private parts".  He testifies that he did not do anything of that nature to the child.  No one was present to witness the alleged incident, and there is no physical evidence.  Some of the expert witnesses contend that children of this age do not lie about such things, would not have the necessary knowledge to "fill in the gaps" about such matters unless they actually happened, and would have no reason to make false claims.  Other expert witnesses disagree.

What questions would you ask, and who would you ask?  What answers would persuade you to believe the child?  To believe the defendant?

As a member of the jury, would you vote for conviction or acquittal of the defendant?  Explain your vote.