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A field evaluation of the VIPER system: a new technique for eliciting eyewitness identification evidence

Memon, Amina; Havard, Catriona; Clifford, Brian; Gabbert, Fiona and Watt, Moray (2011). A field evaluation of the VIPER system: a new technique for eliciting eyewitness identification evidence. Psychology, Crime & Law, 17(8) pp. 711–729.

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Advances in technology have led to a new system for gathering facial identification evidence from eyewitnesses with accompanying changes in legislation in the UK. The current paper presents the responses of 1718 real witnesses and victims who attempted an identification from a video parade in Scotland in 2008. The witnesses comprised a large subset who were classified as ‘vulnerable’ due to their age, ability or the nature of the incident. Suspect identifications averaged 44%, a figure comparable to the rate reported in other field studies conducted in the UK. The foil identification rate at 42% is higher than other field data. The paper discusses the effects of witness age, vulnerability, perceived emotional state, crime type, delay and procedural aspects of the video procedure on suspect identifications.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1477-2744
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetScottish Institute of Policing Research
Keywords: adult witnesses; eyewitness identification accuracy; eyewitness memory; eyewitness testimony; face recognition
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
Item ID: 30012
Depositing User: Catriona Havard
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2011 17:28
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 19:35
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