|Eyewitness Identification Research Laboratory
At the University of Texas at El Paso
Highly recommended things to view and/or read.
The Eyewitness Consortium. Six eyewitness researchers have banded together to produce this website that provides supporting materials for attorneys and law enforcement professionals. The six are the psychological scientists who worked on the production of "Eyewitness Evidence: A Guide for Law Enforcement" in the National Institute of Justice, USDOJ (see photo).
L -> R: Roy S. Malpass, R.C.L. Lindsay,
Solomon Fulero, Gary Wells, Ron Fisher, John Turtle
Gary Wells (Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa) For anyone interested in eyewitness identification this a must-visit webpage. Lots of examples of good and bad lineups from Wells extensive experience, and access to important articles. Wells is the most visible and productive researcher in this field, and the most active advocate for the application of good science to the practice of obtaining and using eyewitness evidence. In particular you will want to see his blurb on good and bad lineups.
Rod C.L. Lindsay (Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada) presented a paper (APLS Presidential initiative) at the meetings of the American Psychology-Law Society in March of 2000 that reports on discussions about the needs for research in the eyewitness research area. If you need an idea about the hot topics that need research there is enough in this paper to keep an army of researchers busy for their entire careers. If you need a dissertation topic, or you're fresh out of research ideas, this is the place to look! And while we're recommending things on Rod's website, have a look at the reading list for his course(s). It is a great place to get a start on the many topics his list covers.
Elizabeth Loftus (University of California, Irvine). Contributed pioneering and provocative science that to a large extent has framed the questions asked by eyewitness researchers for the last 30 years. Apart from her contributions for scientific audiences she has authored two classic books for more general audiences. Recent articles and access to the books can be found at this website.
M. Kimberly MacLin (University of Northern Iowa). Presides over a new Psychology and Law program at UNI. Interesting work on facial appearance (i.e. criminality) on eyewitness and mockwitness lineup choices. Webpage is a gateway to a very interesting site on psychological science more generally.
Christian A. Meissner (University of Texas at El Paso). Contributed a series of meta-analyses (cross-race face recognition, verbal overshadowing) and interesting work on response criteria (and other matters) in eyewitness identification. Works also on investigative interviewing, interrogation and deception detection.
Eyewitness and Face Recognition
Facial Composite Systems - Misc.
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