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Colloquium: CANCELLED - Police line-ups in 2064: Getting the bad guy with certainty.

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Neil Brewer is Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Flinders University. He was Dean of the School of Psychology for around 10 years between 2000 and 2013. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the APAs Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied (2013-19). Most of his research is in the psychology-law area, especially eyewitness memory – but he also collaborates on some research on ASD and is nearing completion of a book titled “The crimes of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder”. He has been a long-serving Editorial Board member for all the leading journals in the psychology-law field and has also served on the ARC’s College of Experts and on the Future Fellowships selection panel.

He is invited regularly to present at conferences of judges and magistrates around Australia. His research has been cited in various court judgments including the US Supreme Court, NY Supreme Courts, the US Court of Appeals (District of Columbia Circuit) and in the Court of Appeal in Western Australia. He is an honorary consultant to the Innocence Projects in the USA and New Zealand, and has recently been advising police and parliamentarians on model procedures for conducting eyewitness identification tests in South Australia.


Laboratory, field and archival case studies have demonstrated that witnesses to crimes frequently make mistakes when asked to identify a culprit from a photo-array. Despite promising advances over the last couple of decades, the likelihood of error remains unacceptably high. Here I will focus on two related issues. First, I will review a substantial body of our recent research which examines whether we are able to determine if an eyewitness identification decision is likely to be accurate. Then, I will outline recent experiments which explore some radical alternative procedures that remove the requirement for the witness to make a Yes-No identification decision, yet prove to be more informative about whether the police suspect is guilty than the traditional eyewitness identification test.
Speaker(s) Professor Neil Brewer
Location The University of Western Australia, Bayliss Lecture Theatre, Chemistry, G33
Contact David Badcock <[email protected]>
Start Tue, 27 May 2014 13:00
End Tue, 27 May 2014 13:45
Submitted by Elizabeth Thompson <[email protected]>
Last Updated Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:36
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