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The article by Lorraine Hope William Lewinski Justin Dixon David Blocksidge and Fiona Gabbert reports the outcomes of an experiment designed to measure the impact of physical exertion on memory and cognition for a witnessed event Understanding how memory works under physical exertion in a witnessing condition is important because it protects the witnesses and the statements provided have an input in the delivery of justice This study is the first study designed to test eyewitness recall and recognition memory involving physical exertion In this study three different memory tests were given to the participants recall of briefing information prior to the exercise recall of two target individuals and an identification task for the critical target The findings from this study are important values in forensic legal and other operational contexts because they provide a demonstration of impaired recall and recognition and support arousal-based competition in eyewitness memory subsequent to physical exertion To examine the effect of physical exertion on memory for a witnessed event fifty-two law-enforcement officers serving an average of 8 years as officers were recruited for this study This experiment involved two conditions either an exertion condition or a no-exertion condition the no-exertion condition served as the control group for this study The officers were randomly placed in either condition and one group had completed a high-intensity physical-assault exercise and the other had not Each participant in a pair was taken separately to the scenario the prefabricated building that represented an inhabited trailer Participants from both conditions had the same vantage point in the trailer Having the same vantage point eliminated any bias towards what was seen in the trailer After the scenario had taken place each participant was given two additional updates to the prior briefing When the scenario ended the participants completed the memory tasks individually The participants had to answer 20 cued recall questions about the briefing information The results indicated that the participants of
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