Affordable Access

Can composite construction contaminate witness memory?

Publication Date


Previous research has suggested that exposing a witness to a ‘misleading’ facial composite can affect identification accuracy. In practice it is the process of constructing a facial composite that may have the most effect on witness memory. In the present study, participants were asked to construct a facial composite but were actually presented with a pre-prepared sequence showing a ‘misleading’ composite being constructed. Participants were then shown either an immediate or delayed target-absent identification task, containing a foil similar to the misleading composite. The results of this study are discussed in terms of the malleability and durability of witness memory.

There are no comments yet on this publication. Be the first to share your thoughts.


Seen <100 times

More articles like this

Can I get a witness?

on Critical Care 2014

Can I get a witness?

on Journal of the Irish Dental As... 2011

Co-witness information can have immediate effects...

on Law and Human Behavior October 1997
More articles like this..