Forensic Psychology, Psychology

Police photo lineups: how background colours can skew eye witness identification

Our Catriona Havard has a piece published in The Conversation today on police photo lineups: Identification parades can be powerful evidence in securing convictions in criminal cases. But eyewitness evidence is notoriously prone to errors – and organisations such as the Innocent Project have found out that 70% of wrongful convictions that were later exonerated had verdicts based on… Continue reading Police photo lineups: how background colours can skew eye witness identification

Forensic Psychology, Psychology

The own-race bias in eyewitness identification.

The own race bias is the phenomenon whereby individuals are better at recognising and differentiating between faces that are the same race as they are, and much poorer with faces of another race. The issue of the own-race bias has serious ramifications when it comes to eyewitness identification and when a witness is faced with… Continue reading The own-race bias in eyewitness identification.