The American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies - Webinar

The Smoking Gun: Weapon Focus and its Impact on Memory   (MEMBERS ONLY)

Presented by Elizabeth A. Quinby, M.A., LPCC

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Webinar Objectives:

  • Participants will understand weapon focus and possible implications it has for working with witness memory.
  • Participants will be able to define the unusualness hypothesis and the arousal hypothesis
  • Participants will be able to monitor for the potential impact of weapon focus and ways in which this can impact the criminal justice process.


This presentation explains one of the ways in which witness memory can be impacted. Weapon focus is a phenomenon that occurs when a weapon is present during a crime. This presentation is designed for professionals who work with memory in forensic settings.  It will explore the unusualness hypothesis and the arousal hypothesis, as well as biological mechanisms which may impact a witnesss ability to encode information accurately. Lastly, this presentation will discuss ways to support a witness who might be impacted by this phenomenon. 

Presenter Biography:

Elizabeth A. Quinby, M.A., LPCC, is a doctoral student at Texas State University’s Criminal Justice program.  She also has a counseling psychology background working with victims, survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence. She is interested in research related to witness memory and police interrogations. Elizabeth works with AIAFS as a lead event coordinator for continuing education opportunities, and as a contributor to their membership publications, Forensic Mental Health Insider and forensic Mental Health Practitioner on various topics related to memory.

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