Eyewitness Game

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In this demonstration (9th on the page), learners explore eyewitness memory and how memories differ amongst individuals. While the rest of the group is minding their own business (i.e. reading silently), one learner will enter the room and complete a series of simple tasks like closing a window, putting a book in a bag, erasing the chalkboard, etc. After the learner leaves the room, the rest of the group must write down all the things that happened. Learners will compare how everyone's memory was similar and different as well as question what factors influence memory.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Demonstration, Game, Simulation



  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • The Brain and Nervous System
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Perception

Informal Categories

  • Crime Science
  • Games


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Chudler, Ph.D., Eric H.


  • All rights reserved, Eric H. Chudler, 2010