Chapter Twelve. Obtaining and Interpreting Eyewitness Identification Test Evidence: The Influence of Police–Witness Interactions

  1. Ray Bull Professor3,
  2. Tim Valentine PhD member Scientific staff Professor of Psychology Fellow4 and
  3. Tom Williamson
  1. Neil Brewer Professor member1 and
  2. Gary L. Wells PhD Director2

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470747599.ch12

Handbook of Psychology of Investigative Interviewing: Current Developments and Future Directions

Handbook of Psychology of Investigative Interviewing: Current Developments and Future Directions

How to Cite

Brewer, N. and Wells, G. L. (2009) Obtaining and Interpreting Eyewitness Identification Test Evidence: The Influence of Police–Witness Interactions, in Handbook of Psychology of Investigative Interviewing: Current Developments and Future Directions (eds R. Bull, T. Valentine and T. Williamson), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470747599.ch12

Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of Leicester, England, UK

  2. 4

    Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    School of Psychology Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

  2. 2

    Department of Psychology Iowa State University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 21 SEP 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470512678

Online ISBN: 9780470747599

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Keywords:

  • obtaining and interpreting eyewitness identification test evidence;
  • influence of police–witness interactions;
  • eyewitnesses to crime - viewing identification parades;
  • pre-identification test interactions;
  • verbal overshadowing effect;
  • expectations of witnesses about identification test;
  • police – witness interactions at identification test and pre-decision influences;
  • double-blind administration and line-up administrator influence;
  • unbiased line-up instructions;
  • identification confidence and accuracy relationship

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Pre-identification test interactions

  • Effects of providing a description on identification performance

  • Expectations of witnesses a bout the identification test

  • Police – witness interactions at the identification test: pre-decision influences

  • Police – witness interactions at the identification test: the decision

  • Police – witness interactions at the identification test: post-decision influences

  • The relationship between identification confidence and accuracy

  • Post-identification influences on confidence

  • Post-identification influences on other witness judgements

  • Putting these recommendations into practice

  • Acknowledgement

  • References