the propensity for eyewitnesses to concentrate their attention on any weapon present at the setting where a crime has taken place, therefore hindering their capacity to recall other details of the crime setting, like the assailant's face.

WEAPON-FOCUS EFFECT: "The weapon-focus effect limited Sarah's memory of the crime to the weapon used instead of perpetrator information. "
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "WEAPON-FOCUS EFFECT," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 29, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/weapon-focus-effect/ (accessed October 20, 2021).