3 Cognitive Evidence

DOI: 10.4324/9781003263173-5

Things are entirely what they appear to be and behind them … there is nothing.

Jean-Paul Sartre

Law enforcement practitioners and forensic scientists are accustomed to considering and collecting evidence from a crime scene, and they are cognizant of that evidence being protected from contamination. Criminal justice professionals are also encouraged to consider labeling eyewitness memory as “trace evidence” so that law enforcement personnel might consider “utilizing best practices to collect and preserve eyewitness evidence” (Loftus et al., 2019). The potential for trace evidence to play a major role in criminal investigations was first recognized in the early twentieth century by Edmond Locard, ...

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