From the archive: ‘A memory and decision model for eyewitness identification’ by S. E. Clark (2003). Applied Cognitive Psychology, 17, 629–654 with commentary


  • Nominated by Tim Perfect – Associate Editor


I chose this paper because it demonstrates an insightful application of theory to the complex problem of witness decision making. It provides an explicit mathematical model of how people make identifications, and applies it to existing published data sets with apparently discrepant findings. The outcomes challenge how we think about the identifi cation process, how we should interpret variations between studies, and what our applied recommendations about line-ups should be.