publication . Article . 2009

Creating Fair Lineups for Suspects With Distinctive Features

Zarkadi, T.; Wade, Ka; Neil Stewart;
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  • Published: 01 Dec 2009 Journal: Psychological Science, volume 20, pages 1,448-1,453 (issn: 0956-7976, eissn: 1467-9280, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Country: United Kingdom
In their descriptions, eyewitnesses often refer to a culprit's distinctive facial features. However, in a police lineup, selecting the only member with the described distinctive feature is unfair to the suspect and provides the police with little further information. For fair and informative lineups, the distinctive feature should be either replicated across foils or concealed on the target. In the present experiments, replication produced more correct identifications in target-present lineups—without increasing the incorrect identification of foils in target-absent lineups—than did concealment. This pattern, and only this pattern, is predicted by the hybrid-sim...
free text keywords: General Psychology, Police lineup, Social psychology, Psychology, Distinctive feature, Suspect, Cognitive psychology, HV, BF
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publication . Article . 2009

Creating Fair Lineups for Suspects With Distinctive Features

Zarkadi, T.; Wade, Ka; Neil Stewart;