Eyewitness Memory: Themes and Variations
Yet these differences should not be exaggerated. For many questions about memory and cognition of interest to scientific psychology, there have been historical as well as rather arbitrary reasons for their assignment to the autobiographical or eyewitness memory fields. Both fields are highly active, are represented by substantial numbers of scientists, and continue to grow in size. In both areas, several separate scientific meetings dedicated to their respective interests have been held, numerous monographs published, and overlapping yet somewhat different journals established. To a significant extent, however, research in one area often serves as the basis for research
in the other. Most typically, work by eyewitness memory researchers has been stimulated by investigations of a more basic and theoretical nature in autobiographical memory.