Are drunk people or sober people better eyewitnesses?


The Boston Globe summarizes the new study “Intoxicated Eyewitnesses: Better than Their Reputation?”:

The public controversy over the recent execution of Troy Davis centered on the reliability of eyewitnesses. Indeed, a considerable amount of research suggests that even confident witnesses can be unreliable. However, a team of researchers has found the opposite, too: Supposedly unreliable witnesses can be quite reliable. People who were intoxicated with alcohol (at around the legal limit) witnessed a staged theft, overheard misinformation, and were subjected to an investigative interview. Intoxicated witnesses were no less accurate or misled than sober witnesses.

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