“Did you see the second tower fall during 9/11? Did you see the face of the person who pointed a gun at you while the car drove by?”
By Matt Johnson, The Systems Scientist
Did you see the second tower fall during 9/11? Did you see the face of the person who pointed a gun at you while the car drove by? According to Scott Fraser of the Northern California Innocence Project, you didn’t see either of those events.
In this TED Talk, Fraser explains why eye-witness testimony is not only questionable for purposes of detailing an event, but that our minds actually reconstruct false memories as well. In other words, we never saw the event, or at least it didn’t happen the way we thought it did.
In this interesting and provocative talk, Fraser utilizes the second tower from September 11, 2001 and a case that he worked as a forensic’s specialist to explain why we don’t see what we think we see.
Note: This is a continuing series by Urban Dynamics to explore social psychology along with its scientific evidence of eye-witness reliability and testimony, which is just one element of a criminal justice system.