Science in the Courtroom: Misperceptions, Biases, and Eyewitness Testimony

When: Wed, Dec. 9, 2015
Doors at 6:00pm, event at 7:00pm

Cost: $8.00 advance tickets,
$10.00* suggested cover at the door

Food and Drink: Beer, wine, popcorn, pizza slices, and snacks available.

Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don’t have to be a science geek to have fun—all you need is a thirst for knowledge!

Many people have been sent to jail because a witness says that they saw them commit a crime, but how reliable is that eyewitness evidence? Using visual illusions, Dr. Renee Magnan, Assistant Professor of Psychology at WSU Vancouver, will illustrate common errors in perception and memory that have important implications for eyewitness accuracy. She will also discuss biases that impact the perceived strength of eyewitness testimony and what might be done to reduce wrongful convictions from eyewitness error.

Science on Tap at the Kiggins is produced in partnership with  Campus Sig-Horz Vancouver