Thesis: Accuracy of Eyewitness Testimony Following Stress Induction and the Moderating Role of Personality

Prudence examined the effect of stress exposure on eyewitness testimony and the moderating role of personality. She hypothesized that exposure to stress would impair recall of prior learned information about a crime scene; and further hypothesized that impairment would be greater in participants who score high on neuroticism. In contrast to her hypothesis, Prudence’s findings suggested a trend for the Control group to display poorer memory for a crime scene compared with the Stress group. However, in examining the physiological data (skin conductance and blood pressure), it appeared that participants in the Control condition were more physiological aroused that participants in the Stress condition.

Prudence presented these findings at the 2015 Canadian Psychological Association convention.