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Is there a magical time boundary for diagnosing eyewitness identification accuracy in sequential line-ups?

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Sauer, J and Brewer, N and Wells, G, Is there a magical time boundary for diagnosing eyewitness identification accuracy in sequential line-ups?, Legal and Criminological Psychology, 13, (1) pp. 123-135. ISSN 2044-8333 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2008 The British Psychological Society

DOI: doi:10.1348/135532506X159203

Abstract

We examined whether eyewitness identification latencies for sequential line-up decisions indicate an optimum time boundary that reliably discriminates accurate from inaccurate decisions. Participants (N = 381) observed a crime simulation and attempted two separate identifications from target-present or target-absent sequential line-ups. As has previously been found with simultaneous line-ups, the optimum time boundary identified did not reliably discriminate accurate from inaccurate identifications for both line-up targets. Diagnosticity for choosers was, however, much higher at very high confidence levels than at lower levels. Possible reasons for why one index of signal strength (confidence), but not another (latency), might postdict accuracy within the sequential framework were presented.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:eyewitness memory, eyewitness identification
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Forensic Psychology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Author:Sauer, J (Dr Jim Sauer)
ID Code:93315
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2014-07-25
Last Modified:2014-08-13
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