Eyewitness Memory: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives

Eyewitness Memory: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives

Eyewitness Memory: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives

Eyewitness Memory: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives

Synopsis

The organization of the first Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC) conference centred around two specifically identifiable research topics - autobiographical memory and eyewitness memory. These two areas - long-time staples on the menu of investigators of memory in more natural settings - differ on a variety of dimensions, perhaps most notably on their specific goals for scientific inquiry and application. For many questions about memory and cognition that are of interest to scientific psychology, there have been historical as well as rather arbitrary reasons for their assignments to the autobiographical or eyewitness memory fields.

Excerpt

The first meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC) was held in Vancouver in July 1995. Over 175 people attended the meeting, which featured more than 60 research presentations, major invited addresses by Steve Ceci and Dave Rubin, and presentations by SARMAC Chair Doug Herrmann and Chair-elect Chuck Thompson. We wanted to capture some of the excitement of the meeting with a book consisting of elaborations of some of the presentations. However, there were too many excellent presentations with the result that a single book would have been too lengthy and too expensive. Thus, we decided to publish companion volumes around the two related themes of autobiographical memory and eyewitness testimony. We hope that the chapters included in this book will give the reader a feeling for what was a focused and exciting meeting.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Many people deserve credit for making that first meeting possible. Don Read was the chair of the Conference Organizing Committee and deserves the highest praise for his work. Darryl Bruce and Don Read organized special sessions on autobiographical memory and eyewitness testimony, respectively. David Payne and Mike Toglia co-chaired the program committee. Finally, John Yuille was the on-site organizer whose able assistant, Melissa Nisbet, seemed to be able to handle any emergency!

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