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Characteristics of eyewitness identification that predict the outcome of real lineups.

Valentine, Tim; Darling, S. and Pickering, Alan. 2003. Characteristics of eyewitness identification that predict the outcome of real lineups. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 17(8), pp. 969-993. ISSN 08884080 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

Data were analysed from 640 attempts by eyewitnesses to identify the alleged
culprit in 314 lineups organised by the Metropolitan Police in London. Characteristics
of the witness, the suspect, the witness’s opportunity to view the culprit, the crime and
the lineup were recorded. Data analysis, using mixed effects multinomial logistic
regression, revealed that the suspect was more likely to be identified if the witness is
younger than 30, the suspect is a white European (rather than African - Caribbean),
the witness gave a detailed description, viewed the culprit for over a minute and made
a fast decision at the lineup. None of the explanatory variables were significantly
associated with a mistaken identification of a foil. No independent, statistically
reliable effects of weapon focus, cross-race identification or of the delay before the
identification attempt were observed.

Item Type: Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1002/acp.939

Additional Information:

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Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
1 December 2003Published

Item ID:

493

Date Deposited:

10 Dec 2008 10:36

Last Modified:

04 Jul 2017 13:06

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/493
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