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NCJ Number: 158839 Find in a Library
Title: Psychological Issues in Eyewitness Identification
Editor(s): S L Sporer; R S Malpass; G Koehnken
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 326
Sponsoring Agency: Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc
Mahawah, NJ 07430
Publication Number: ISBN 0-8058-1865-0
Sale Source: Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc
Publicity Manager
10 Industrial Avenue
Mahawah, NJ 07430
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This volume summarizes evidence from various research domains on the subject of eyewitness testimony.
Abstract: The editors invited leading experts in the field of eyewitness testimony to summarize research in their respective specialties. The book contains discussions on: (1) voice recognition by humans and computers, including detailed instructions on conducting voice line-ups; (2) differential aspects of recognition memory in children; (3) the eyewitness memory of the elderly; (4) the special problem of cross-racial identification; (5) psychological aspects of facial image reconstruction techniques; (6) person descriptions; (7) the particular benefits of reinstating context as a means to improve eyewitness memory; (8) particular problems associated with various research paradigms in the eyewitness arena; (9) recommendations on how to conduct line-ups and photo spreads and their proper evaluation; (10) research on eye- and earwitnessing in its United States legal context; (11) a summary and evaluation of research on factors influencing witnesses' ability to perceive and optimally encode information in a witnessed event; (12) the accuracy and usefulness of witnesses' descriptions of offenders; (13) the processes affecting the recognition of human speakers; (14) enhancing eyewitness memory; (15) forensic applications of research on line-ups; (16) problems inherent in using children as witnesses, and in evaluating their evidence; and (17) a summary of the logic and methodology of experimental research in eyewitness psychology. References, footnotes, tables, figures, author index, subject index
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Eyewitness memory; Eyewitness testimony; Facial Recognition/Recall; Juvenile witnesses; Psychological research; Suspect identification; Witness credibility; Witnesses
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