Date of Award

2013

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Scoboria, Alan

Keywords

Psychology

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The elimination lineup was created to improve children's eyewitness identification accuracy, but recent research suggests that it may be suitable for use with adults. However, there is a lack of research on its robustness, particularly for cross-race identifications which are known to result in poor accuracy. There is also limited research investigating how lineup procedures affect cross-race identifications. The current study sought to explore how lineup procedures affect same- and other-race identifications, and investigate whether lineup procedures can moderate the cross-race effect. White participants watched a video of a White or Chinese male stealing money and were asked to identify the culprit in a target-present or -absent lineup, using one of three lineup procedures (simultaneous, sequential, and elimination).Results showed that lineup procedures varied in effectiveness depending on the presence of the target and whether a cross-race identification was being made. More research is required before denunciation of the simultaneous lineup.

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