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An examination of criminal face bias in a random sample of police lineups

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posted on 01.02.2016, 12:00 by Heather Flowe, Joyce E. Humphries
Faces with a stereotypic criminal appearance are remembered better and identified more often than other faces according to past research. In the present project, a random sample of police lineups was evaluated using the mock witness paradigm to determine whether criminal appearance was associated with lineup choices. In Study 1, mock witnesses were either provided with a description of the culprit or they were not. Participants also self-reported why they had selected a given face. In Study 2, the line-up faces were rated with respect to criminal appearance, distinctiveness, typicality, and physical similarity. Criminal appearance was the primary reason self reported for face selection in the no description condition. Mock witness choices in the no description condition were associated with only criminal appearance. When provided with a description, mock witnesses based their choice on the description. These findings are discussed in relation to lineup fairness.

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Applied Cognitive Psychology

Volume

25

Issue

2

Pages

265 - 273

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FLOWE, H.D. and HUMPHRIES, J.E., 2011. An examination of criminal face bias in a random sample of police lineups. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 25(2), pp. 265-273.

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2011

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: FLOWE, H.D. and HUMPHRIES, J.E., 2011. An examination of criminal face bias in a random sample of police lineups. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 25(2), pp. 265-273., which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/acp.1673. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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0888-4080

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en

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