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Can composite construction contaminate witness memory?

Turner, Jim; Briggs, Gemma; Pike, Graham and Brace, Nicola (2009). Can composite construction contaminate witness memory? In: The 8th Biennial Conference of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 26-30 July 2009, Kyoto, Japan.

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Abstract

Previous research has suggested that exposing a witness to a ‘misleading’ facial composite can affect identification accuracy. In practice it is the process of constructing a facial composite that may have the most effect on witness memory. In the present study, participants were asked to construct a facial composite but were actually presented with a pre-prepared sequence showing a ‘misleading’ composite being constructed. Participants were then shown either an immediate or delayed target-absent identification task, containing a foil similar to the misleading composite. The results of this study are discussed in terms of the malleability and durability of witness memory.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2009 Author
Keywords: psychology; eyewitness; facial composite
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Psychology in the Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
Item ID: 26012
Depositing User: Graham Pike
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2011 16:17
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 14:34
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/26012
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