Witness Identification in Criminal Cases: Psychology and Practice by Rachel Wilcock

Witness Identification in Criminal Cases: Psychology and Practice

byRachel Wilcock, Ray Bull, Rebecca Milne

Paperback | October 11, 2008

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Witness Identification provides an up-to-date review on identifying crime perpetrators based on psychological theory and research. Applying psychology to the area of criminal identification, the authors make reference to relevant legislation such as the PACE Codes of Practice as they explorethe psychology involved in identification.This insightful and practical title will inform anyone interested in this area. The authors outline the psychological information relevant to constructing and delivering identification parades, such as the point of view of the suspect and witness or victim, how witnesses remember, and the factorslikely to affect the accuracy of person descriptions. They also consider the effects of stereotypes and expectancies on identification performance, as well as a discussion of the technologies involved in identification procedure. The book includes a chapter on how to assist people who are deemedvulnerable in order to elicit accurate identification evidence. It also looks at other methods of identification in addition to face identification, such as methods to identify a person's voice and gait.By providing an overview of legislation and guidelines to conducting identity parades alongside a psychological underpinning, this book is a valuable resource to anyone whose work involves identification procedures, as well as students of psychology, law and police studies.

About The Author

Rachel Wilcock is a Senior Lecturer at London South Bank University and teaches in the area of forensic psychology. Eyewitness identification is her major research interest and she works with a number of police forces across England and Wales. She has published widely in several peer reviewed journals and presented at a number of nati...

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Title:Witness Identification in Criminal Cases: Psychology and PracticeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.53 inPublished:October 11, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199216932

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Perception, memory, and recognition involved in witness identification3. Giving person descriptions and the effect of this on the identification process4. Factors Affecting the Accuracy of Eyewitness Identifications5. Identification by voice or by gait6. The effects of expectations and stereotypes on identification7. Recommendations for conducting identification parades8. Assisting vulnerable witnesses9. New innovations: Applying psychological science to the real world10. Where we are now, and where do we want to go?