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Title: A forensically valid comparison of facial composite systems
Authors: Frowd, Charlie D.
Carson, Derek
Ness, Hayley
Richardson, Jan
Morrison, Lisa
Mclanaghan, Sarah
Hancock, Peter
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social & Health Sciences. Division of Psychology
Keywords: Facial composite
Distinctiveness
Memory
Witness
Issue Date: Mar-2005
Publisher: Routledge
Type: Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: Published version (c)Routledge available from http://www.informaworld.com
Citation: Frowd, C.D. et al. 2005. A forensically valid comparison of facial composite systems. Psychology, Crime & Law. 11(1): pp.33-52
Abstract: An evaluation of E-FIT, PROfit, Sketch, Photofit and EvoFIT composite construction techniques was carried out in a “forensically friendly format”: composites of unfamiliar targets were constructed from memory following a 3-4-hour delay using a Cognitive Interview and experienced operators. The main dependent variable was spontaneous naming and overall performance was low (10% average naming rate). E-FITs were named better than all techniques except PROfit, though E-FIT was superior to PROfit when the target was more distinctive. E-FIT, PROfit and Sketch were similar overall in a composite sorting task, but Sketch emerged best for more average-looking targets. Photofit performed poorly, as did EvoFIT, an experimental system. Overall, facial distinctiveness was found to be an important factor for composite naming.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/116
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