Eyewitness identification from a different angle: The effects of a 3D interactive lineup on identification accuracy

Research Institution / Organisation

University of Birmingham

Principal Researcher

Heather Flowe, PhD

Level of Research

Professional / Work-based

Project Start Date

June 2015

Research Context

​This project compares performance on static frontal pose lineups against a passive 3D lineup procedure, wherein participants passively view the test faces rotating. The research will also introduce and test a novel interactive 3D lineup procedure, wherein witnesses are able to rotate the lineup faces into any pose desired. Interactivity has been found to be beneficial in standard face recognition paradigms, but has never been examined under naturalistic conditions, such as in an eyewitness memory paradigm.

Research Methodology

​Participants (N > 6,000) watch a mock-crime video, and observe the perpetrator in either frontal, left profile, or right profile pose. They are tested with a frontal static, passive 3D, or interactive 3D lineup procedure. In the interactive condition, the researcher will record how participants rotated the faces.

Interim reports and publications

​Not available

Date due for completion

December 2020
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