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Why is eyewitness testimony prone to distortion?

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According to research, eyewitness distortion is prone to distortion due to stress, reconstructive memory, weapon focus and leading questions. Very low and very high stress levels make memory unreliable, while reconstructing memories is under the influence of cultural norms and values; crime witnesses almost always give predominant focus on the weapon of the perpetrator and forget other details; finally, in a court room, eyewitnesses can be efficiently lead with leading questions.

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