Eyewitness identification: Metacognitive influences on choosing behaviour [ 2005-01-01 - 2010-12-31 ]

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Researchers: Prof Neil Brewer (Chief Investigator) ,  Mr Nathan Weber (Postdoctoral Fellow) ,  Prof Gary Wells (Partner Investigator)

Brief description Eyewitness identification: Metacognitive influences on choosing behaviour. There is major national and community interest in the successful conduct of criminal investigations. This research addresses the two most significant problems associated with the conduct of eyewitness identification tests: mistaken identifications of innocent suspects and failure to identify guilty suspects when they are present in the lineup. Progress on the latter problem - which results in offenders avoiding detection - would be a major contribution with national impact. As well as the obvious implications for the conduct of lineups, the international collaboration on the project will increase the visibility of Australian social science research and provide crucial development opportunities for young Australian scientists.

Funding Amount $371,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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