Case Study#3 Forensic Psychology: Information Recall / Eyewitness Testimony
June was a witness to violent crime. Twelve months later she was called by the state as a witness and took
the stand swearing under oath that the defendant was the man leaving the scene of the murder holding
something in his hand. There was no DNA evidence or weapon to be found. Yet due to a weak defense
and June’s eye witness testimony, the verdict was guilty and the defendant was sentenced to life in prison.
On appeal the defendant hired a better lawyer who now attacks June’s testimony and the accuracy of her
memories. He points out that she was wrong about important details and was in fact influenced by
wording of the questions.
In a well-developed eight- to ten-page paper address the following criteria for the case study you selected in Week One and outlined in Week Three. See the attached ABS200 Case Study List to review the case studies.
- Define applied behavioral science and the area of psychology from which the case study is explored.
- Identify and describe the potential source(s) and/or cause(s) of the issue that is/are relevant to the selected case study (e.g., genetic, environmental, social, cultural, organizational).
- Examine the case study by applying one psychological theory of your choice.
- Describe scientific research that is relevant to your selected case study. Include past and current findings and note any key changes.
- Identify and describe any relevant trends in working with your intended population.
- Detail a suggested plan of action for moving forward including advantages and disadvantages.
- Specify what you would do to build rapport with the clients in the selected case study.
- State ethical considerations that are relevant to this case.
Writing the Final Paper
The Final Paper:
- Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length, and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
- Must include a title page with the following:
- Title of paper
- Student’s name
- Course name and number
- Instructor’s name
- Date submitted
- Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
- Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought. View the Critical Thinking Community website for further assistance.
- Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis and summarizes supporting evidence.
- Must use at least six scholarly sources, including a minimum of three from the Ashford University Library.
- Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
- Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.