Effectiveness of eyewitness identification procedures

Posted by er134 at Oct 10, 2014 03:16 PM |
Research involving Leicester informs US report

Psychologist Dr Heather Flowe (pictured) and her collaborators have been involved in a new  study into the effectiveness of eyewitness identification procedures.

Their work could change the way US law enforcement gathers evidence.

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS), a non-profit scientific advisory organization, based in Washington, USA, has released a report on strengthening the value of eyewitness evidence.

The report was based on scientific evidence gathered by numerous sources including a paper co-authored by Dr Heather Flowe, from the University of Leicester's School of Psychology.

The study, Receiver Operating Characteristics Analysis of Eyewitness Memory: Comparing the Diagnostic Accuracy of Simultaneous Versus Sequential Lineups, was used for its recommendations concerning lineup presentation procedures.

And it played a pivotal role in the NAS report, titled, Identifying the Culprit, which focuses on methods to improve the way in which police officers collect reports from witnesses, strengthen the value of eyewitness reports in court, and improve the scientific foundation underpinning eyewitness identification.

Dr Flowe, from our School of Psychology,  worked with Dr. Laura Mickes (Royal Holloway University of London) and Professor John Wixted (University of California, San Diego), to determine whether police lineups were more successful at obtaining accurate results if the lineup members were viewed simultaneously (as a group) or sequentially (one-by-one).

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