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Sequential Lineup Presentation Promotes Less-Biased Criterion Setting but Does Not Improve Discriminability


Palmer, MA and Brewer, N, Sequential Lineup Presentation Promotes Less-Biased Criterion Setting but Does Not Improve Discriminability, Law and Human Behavior, 36, (3) pp. 247-255. ISSN 0147-7307 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1037/h0093923


When compared with simultaneous lineup presentation, sequential presentation has been shown to reduce false identifications to a greater extent than it reduces correct identifications. However, there has been much debate about whether this difference in identification performance represents improved discriminability or more conservative responding. In this research, data from 22 experiments that compared sequential and simultaneous lineups were analyzed using a compound signal-detection model, which is specifically designed to describe decision-making performance on tasks such as eyewitness identification tests. Sequential (cf. simultaneous) presentation did not influence discriminability, but produced a conservative shift in response bias that resulted in less-biased choosing for sequential than simultaneous lineups. These results inform understanding of the effects of lineup presentation mode on eyewitness identification decisions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Eyewitness memory
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:Palmer, MA (Associate Professor Matt Palmer)
ID Code:76003
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:76
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2012-02-22
Last Modified:2017-10-31
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