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The Science of Eyewitness Identification

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The Science of Eyewitness Identification

Nowadays forensic science has numerous tools, such as DNA tests or fingerprints, at its disposal to prove or disprove perpetrator’s guilt, however police line ups and eyewitness identification are still key factors in the process of policing and in the justice system. Yet, cases of mistaken identity still happen and are widely publicized by the media, especially when innocent people, who have been sentenced for serious crimes, finally manage to prove their innocence. During his lecture, Doctor Ryan Fitzgerald, from the University of Portsmouth in the UK, will show how cognitive psychology can help to improve the accuracy of eyewitness statements.

The lecture, organized by Interdisciplinary Center for Applied Cognitive Studies is a part of the series "Mondays with Cognitive Psychology".

The lecture will be delivered in English. Free admission.

May 6
15:00-16:30
Warsaw

The Science of Eyewitness Identification

Eye witness identification, such as a police lineup, is one of the essential methods of utilizing the memory of eyewitnesses in the policing context and in the courtroom setting. Despite the popularity of this practice, specialists continue to debate how the accuracy of this type of identification can be increased. During his lecture, Doctor Ryan Fitzgerald, expert in eyewitness identification, from the University of Portsmouth, will show how the latest research in cognitive psychology can help to understand factors influencing eyewitness decisions during the identification process and how it can improve the accuracy of eyewitness statements.

258 Ryan Fitzgerald

 

 

Speaker

Ryan Fitzgerald, Ph.D. – is a member of the International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology (ICRFP). Most of his research concentrates on improving eyewitness identification accuracy and understanding the decision processes of eyewitnesses. He is also interested in international variation in eyewitness identification policy. Ryan Fitzgerald completed his doctoral studies in Canada, where eyewitness identification procedures differ substantially from those in England. For example, English policy recommends administering lineups using video technology, but in Canada photo lineups are the norm. He is currently developing a line of research to examine whether these types of policy differences have an effect on eyewitness identification outcomes.

 

The lecture is addressed to everyone who appreciates a dialogue between scientists and practitioners. Doctor Fitzgerald’s research is an example of practical application of cognitive psychology, which meets actual social needs.

Katarzyna Zawadzka, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Psychology 

Mondays with Cognitive Psychology

The lecture series, organized by the Interdisciplinary Center for Applied Cognitive Studies aims to popularize cognitive psychology and to show how the results of research in this field may improve understanding of many processes and help solve everyday problems.

Date and Location

May 6, 2019 at 15.00-16:30, room S305
Chodakowska 19/31, 03-915, Warszawa, Poland

Organizer

Interdisciplinary Center for Applied Cognitive Studies
Contact: Katarzyna Zawadzka
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