Faces in Motion: Age‐Related Changes in Eyewitness Identification Performance in Simultaneous, Sequential, and Elimination Video Lineups

University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
Applied Cognitive Psychology (Impact Factor: 1.67). 01/2012; 26(1):149 - 158. DOI: 10.1002/acp.1808


The identification performance of children (5 to 6 years, n = 180; 9 to 10 years, n = 180) and adults (n = 180) was examined using three types of video lineup procedures: simultaneous, sequential and elimination. Participants viewed a videotaped staged theft and then attempted to identify the culprit from a target-present or target-absent video lineup. Correct identifications in simultaneous and elimination video lineups did not differ as a function of age. The sequential video lineup was associated with a reduction in correct identifications for both child groups compared with adults. With respect to the target-absent lineup condition, the video elimination lineup was associated with an increase in correct rejection rates for adult witnesses. Age was also significantly associated with accuracy. Differences in correct rejection rates were observed between adults and children and also between the two child groups. Implications and future directions are discussed. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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    • "j.jecp.2014.12.009 get always appeared in Position 4. In target-absent lineups, all six lineup members were foils; there was no designated innocent suspect. Tredoux's (1998) E analysis was used to assess the fairness of the lineups (for full details of the lineup construction procedure, see Humphries et al., 2012). Each lineup consisted of six moving image profiles of the individual lineup members. "
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    • "Clifford et al. (2012), who compared 7- to 8-year-olds with a group of 13- to 14-year-olds, also found the younger children to be more vulnerable to the detrimental effects of time delay in an identification task. In a study conducted by Humphries et al. (2012), adults made more correct identifications in the sequential lineup video condition than 5- to 6-year-olds and 9- to 10-year-olds, but not in the simultaneous and in elimination lineups. During target-absent lineups, adults exhibited higher correct rejection rates than children, regardless of lineup condition. "
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    • ", rather than a uniform . Studies that have used the elimination procedure do appear to help reduce false identifications for child witnesses ; however , this benefit is only apparent for simultaneous photo lineups ( Pozzulo & Balfour , 2006 ; Pozzulo et al . , 2009 ; Pozzulo & Lindsay , 1999 ) , and not video lineups ( Beresford & Blades , 2006 ; Humphries et al . , 2012 ) . Therefore using the elimination procedure could be useful in countries such as the USA , where the main method of identification is the simultaneous photo lineup , however it might not be beneficial in the UK , where video lineups ( with moving images and serial presentation ) are the main method of identification . Research using p"
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