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Live presentation for eyewitness identification is not superior to photo or video presentation


Rubinova, E and Fitzgerald, RJ and Juncu, S and Ribbers, E and Hope, L and Sauer, JD, Live presentation for eyewitness identification is not superior to photo or video presentation, Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition ISSN 2211-3681 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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Eyewitnesses are widely believed to have a better chance of identifying a perpetrator from a live identification procedure than from photo or video alternatives. To test this live superiority hypothesis, prospective students and their parents (N = 1048) became unsuspecting witnesses to staged events and were randomly assigned to live, photo, or video identification procedures. In Experiment 1, participants viewed a single person at the identification procedure. In Experiment 2, participants viewed a lineup of six people. Across experiments, live identification procedures did not improve eyewitness identification performance. The results show that even under experimental settings designed to eliminate the disadvantages of conducting live lineups in practice, live presentation confers no benefit to eyewitnesses.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:eyewitness identification, lineup, identification, show up
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Forensic psychology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Sauer, JD (Associate Professor Jim Sauer)
ID Code:140422
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2020-08-17
Last Modified:2020-09-17

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