Title

Viewing Composite Sketches: Lineups and Showups Compared

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

4-2006

Abstract

This study assesses the effect of high-and low-similarity composites on identification accuracy, using both lineups and showups. Participants witnessed a mock crime scene, viewed a composite of the perpetrator, then attempted an identification. The results indicate that witnesses are not overly influenced by low-similarity composites on subsequent identification accuracy. There was also no evidence that showups were less accurate identification procedures than lineups, across composition conditions. In fact, in perpetrator absent situations, showups were better identification procedures than lineups in terms of accuracy.

Keywords

Composite sketches, suspect identification, Bali bombing, Washington sniper

Discipline

Cognitive Psychology

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Applied Cognitive Psychology

Volume

20

Issue

3

First Page

383

Last Page

395

ISSN

0888-4080

Identifier

10.1002/acp.1185

Publisher

Wiley

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/acp.1185

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