PSYCH 3CC3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 19: Eyewitness Testimony, Facial Composite

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Christie & ellis (1981): found that verbal descriptions better guide (mor accurate) to likeness than. Kitson et al (1997): in 150 solved cases (of 729), only 5% of officers said photofit likeness composite was critical. Very useful" (17%) or useful" (33%) in 55% of cases: but no use at all" (25%) or not very useful" (20%) in 45% of cases. What their website says: facial composite system that rapidly produces near photo- realistic, colour composite imagines in a fraction of the time that traditional systems take . Includes instructions and training: judges identify 35% of operator composites, 25% of witness composites. Davies & oldman (1999): witness makes composite of famous faces, both from photo and memory (ex: Albert einstein) famous faces which should be instantl recognized: judges name only 10% of composites from photo and 6% from memory. Says the problem other problems haven"t worked is because they focused on individual features.

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