There is a two-pronged, very real societal problem concerning identifications made by eyewitnesses: innocent suspects aremistakenly identified and charged with a crime they did not commit, or guilty suspects are not identified and free to commit more crimes. Decreasing the chances that innocent suspects are misidentified, unfortunately also decreases the chances that guilty suspects are identified; and likewise, increasing the chances that guilty suspects are identified also increases the chances that innocent suspects are identified. In other words, an eyewitness's accuracy is not just about choosing the right suspect; it is also about not misidentifying the wrong suspect.
The objectives are as follows:
Online behavioural experiments in which participants are tested on variations of the standard UK identity parade.
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