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Loftus and Palmer (1974) – Eyewitness Testimony

Loftus, E. F., & Palmer, J. C. (1974). Reconstruction of automobile destruction: An example of the interaction between language and memory.Journal of verbal learning and verbal behavior, 13(5), 585-589.

This is the classic cognitive psychology study which you will look at for your H167 AS OCR Psychology exam. You will also need this study for your OCR H567 A Level Psychology core studies exam.


The theme of the cognitive psychology studies in the H167  exam is memory. This study by Loftus and Palmer (1974) focuses on an applied area of memory: eyewitness testimony. 

In order to best understand this study, it is highly recommended that you first read the following books written by Elizabeth Loftus:



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