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Title: Improving the identification accuracy of senior witnesses: do prelineup questions and sequential testing help?
Authors: Memon, Amina
Gabbert, Fiona
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social and Health Sciences
Keywords: Identification
Eyewitness identification
Witnesses
Issue Date: Apr-2003
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: Published version (c)American Psychological Association, available from: DOI: 10.1037/0021-9010.88.2.341
Citation: Memon, A. and Gabbert, F. 2003. Improving the identification accuracy of senior witnesses: do prelineup questions and sequential testing help? Journal of Applied Psychology. 88(2): pp.341-347. Available from: DOI: 10.1037/0021-9010.88.2.341
Abstract: Eyewitness research has identified sequential lineup testing as a way of reducing false lineup choices while maintaining accurate identifications. The authors examined the usefulness of this procedure for reducing false choices in older adults. Young and senior witnesses viewed a crime video and were later presented with target present or absent lineups in a simultaneous or sequential format. In addition, some participants received prelineup questions about their memory for a perpetrator's face and about their confidence in their ability to identify the culprit or to correctly reject the lineup. The sequential lineup reduced false choosing rates among young and older adults in target-absent conditions. In target-present conditions, sequential testing significantly reduced the correct identification rate in both age groups.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/345
ISSN: 0021-9010
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