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Scott Fraser:
Why eyewitnesses get it wrong

TEDxUSC · 20:50 · Filmed May 2012
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Scott Fraser studies how humans remember crimes — and bear witness to them. In this powerful talk, which focuses on a deadly shooting at sunset, he suggests that even close-up eyewitnesses to a crime can create "memories" they could not have seen. Why? Because the brain abhors a vacuum. Editor's note: In the original version of this talk, Scott Fraser misspoke about available footage of Two World Trade Center (Tower 2). The misstatement has been edited out for clarity.

Forensic psychologist, expert witness
Scott Fraser is a forensic psychologist who thinks deeply about the fallibility of human memory and encourages a more scientific approach to trial evidence. Full bio
This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxUSC, an independent event. TED editors featured it among our selections on the home page.

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