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Forensic psychology research has predominantly focused on analyzing eyewitness identification reliability and the factors associated with it. This study is further adding to this research topic by examining the relationships between academic concentrations and classifications on eyewitness identification. A Qualtrics survey was created to collect data from a large number and variety of participants. The 252 students who answered the survey watched a simulated theft, completed three distractor tasks, and then were presented with a target-present or target-absent simultaneous lineup. They subsequently made an identification or rejected the lineup, gave a confidence rating, and provided their demographic information. While there were a limited number of concentrations, interesting patterns suggest the classification, as well as if they’ve declared a major, are related to their accuracy and reported confidence. Some potential reasons could be exposure to information from psychology or a difference in the way they process or encode the crime.



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The Relationship Between College Students and Eyewitness Identification