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Producing facial composite sketches in remote Cognitive Interviews: A preliminary investigation

Kuivaniemi-Smith, HJ, Nash, RA, Brodie, ER, Mahoney, G and Rynn, C (2014) Producing facial composite sketches in remote Cognitive Interviews: A preliminary investigation Psychology, Crime and Law, 20 (4). pp. 389-406.

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Justice systems around the world are increasingly turning to videoconferencing as a means to reduce delays and reduce costs in legal processes. This preliminary research examined whether interviewing a witness remotely – without physical co-presence of the witness and interviewer – could facilitate the production of quality facial composite sketches of suspects. In Study 1, 42 adults briefly viewed a photograph of a face. The next day they participated in Cognitive Interviews with a forensic artist, conducted either face-to-face or remotely via videoconference. In Study 2, 20 adults participated in videoconferenced interviews, and we manipulated the method by which they viewed the developing sketch. In both studies, independent groups of volunteers rated the likeness of the composites to the original photographs. The data suggest that remote interviews elicited effective composites; however, in Study 1 these composites were considered poorer matches to the photographs than were those produced in face-to-face interviews. The differences were small, but significant. Participants perceived several disadvantages to remote interviewing, but also several advantages including less pressure and better concentration. The results of Study 2 suggested that different sketch presentation methods offered different benefits. We propose that remote interviewing could be a useful tool for investigators in certain circumstances

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
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Date : 1 April 2014
Identification Number : 10.1080/1068316X.2013.793339
Additional Information : This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Psychology, Crime and Law, 2014, copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at:
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 31 Oct 2014 17:16
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2014 17:16

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