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Legal aspects of memory: a report issued by the Psychology and Law Sections of the British Academy

Alan BaddeleyAlan Baddeley

Alan Baddeley FBA FRS (Chair), Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of York

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Chris R. BrewinChris R. Brewin

Chris R. Brewin FBA FMedSci, Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology, University College London

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Graham M. Davies§Graham M. Davies§§

Graham M. Davies JP, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of Leicester

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Michael D. KopelmanMichael D. Kopelman

Michael D. Kopelman FMedSci, Emeritus Professor of Neuropsychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Kings College London

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Hector L. MacQueen**Hector L. MacQueen****

Hector MacQueen FBA FRSE, Emeritus Professor of Private Law, University of Edinburgh

Abstract

We describe the commissioning, publication, and contents of a report on legal aspects of memory. The report was the result of a unique collaboration between the Psychology and Law ‘Sections’ of the British Academy that brought together the contributions of memory and legal experts from both inside and outside the Academy. The report briefly summarises psychological research on memory and is designed to be of practical value to busy legal and criminal justice professionals. Topics covered include memory concepts, memory development including childhood amnesia, interviewing witnesses, the effects of suggestion and misinformation, the effects of trauma on recall, adult memory for childhood events, factors affecting eyewitness identification, conditions such as psychiatric and neurological disorders that may impair memory, issues in the memory of suspects such as deception and reported amnesia, and the role of the expert witness in court.

Keywords

Amnesiacrimeforensic interviewssuggestioneyewitness testimonyexpert witnesses
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Published on: 16 June 2023
Volume: 11
Article ID: 095
Pages:95 - 97
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Baddeley with Brewin, Davies, Kopelman, MacQueen (2023), ' Legal aspects of memory: a report issued by the Psychology and Law Sections of the British Academy ', Journal of the British Academy, 11(Regular articles): 095 https://doi.org/10.5871/jba/011.095

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Legal aspects of memory: a report issued by the Psychology and Law Sections of the British Academy

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Alan Baddeley FBA FRS (Chair), Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of York

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Chris R. BrewinChris R. Brewin

Chris R. Brewin FBA FMedSci, Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology, University College London

,
Graham M. Davies§Graham M. Davies§§

Graham M. Davies JP, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of Leicester

,
Michael D. KopelmanMichael D. Kopelman

Michael D. Kopelman FMedSci, Emeritus Professor of Neuropsychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Kings College London

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Hector L. MacQueen**Hector L. MacQueen****

Hector MacQueen FBA FRSE, Emeritus Professor of Private Law, University of Edinburgh