Science on Tap

Science on Tap in Saratoga is a series of informal talks and discussions about science. Started in 2018 by Dr. Kurt Smemo from Skidmore’s Environmental Studies and Sciences Program and Dr. Wendy Mahaney from Sustainable Saratoga as a way to increase communication between scientists and the public, the series has steadily grown. In 2019, we began partnering with Saratoga Performing Arts Center to further expand our audience.

Join us for monthly talks that at The Parting Glass address a diverse array of contemporary scientific research topics and debates.


Dr. Daniel Peterson, Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Skidmore College, will give a presentation on “Exploring the relationship between confidence and accuracy in eyewitness memory” at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, January 28th at The Parting Glass.


Talk Synopsis:

Under pristine encoding conditions, research suggests there is a strong relationship between confidence and accuracy in eyewitness memory. That is, a confident witness is likely to be an accurate one. It’s unclear, however, how well preserved this relationship is when encoding conditions aren’t pristine. In this talk, I’ll be discussing two lines of research from my laboratory examining how suboptimal encoding conditions (specifically, physiological stress and excessive distance between the witness and suspect) impact the relationship between confidence and accuracy in a face recognition paradigm.

The 2020 schedule will be available soon. Click here to see the 2019 Fall schedule.