Chair, AAL event on 'The Fallibility of Memory and Fact Finding'

Activity: Service and engagementPublic lecture, debate or seminar


The nature of the trial process proceeds on the assumption that the fact finder is able to assess the reliability and credibility of a witness giving oral evidence. Findings from psychological research and neuroscience studies indicate that memory is a reconstructive process that is susceptible to distortion. Questions arise as to a whole range of aspects of the imperfection of human memory. The legal system as a whole has not adopted all of the research findings on memory even though these findings may have implications not only for eye witness testimony but for how evidence is assessed. Professor Ullrich Ecker is a cognitive scientist studying human memory, and in particular the impact of misinformation on memory, reasoning, and behaviour. He works at the University of Western Australia's School of Psychological Science.
Period7 Jun 2022
Held atAustralian Academy of Law, Australia, New South Wales
Degree of RecognitionNational