The other-race effect in eyewitness identification - What do we do about it?

Citation
Gl. Wells et Ea. Olson, The other-race effect in eyewitness identification - What do we do about it?, PSYCH PUB L, 7(1), 2001, pp. 230-246
Citations number
55
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Psycology
Journal title
PSYCHOLOGY PUBLIC POLICY AND LAW
ISSN journal
1076-8971 → ACNP
Volume
7
Issue
1
Year of publication
2001
Pages
230 - 246
Database
ISI
SICI code
1076-8971(200103)7:1<230:TOEIEI>2.0.ZU;2-M
Abstract
The greater difficulty of other-race relative to own-race facial recognitio n is one of the most researched issues in eyewitness identification. The au thors discuss articles in the March 2001 issue of Psychology, Public Policy , and Law as well as some methodological and interpretational problems rega rding demonstrations of the other-race identification effect. In spite of s ome problems with the literature, they conclude that the other-race identif ication effect is real and that it is relevant to the criminal justice syst em. The authors propose a system-variable approach in which other-race iden tification cases receive special preventive treatment at the time of the id entification test rather than after-the-fact attempts to assist triers; of fact. These preventive procedures include using same-race lineup constructo rs, larger numbers of fillers in other-race cases, dual lineup techniques i n other-race cases, or a combination of these procedures.