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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Improving the quality of facial composites using a holistic cognitive interview
Author(s): Frowd, Charlie D
Bruce, Vicki
Smith, Ashley J
Hancock, Peter J B
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Keywords: facial composite
trait attribution
holistic interview
cognitive interview
Issue Date: Sep-2008
Date Deposited: 8-Jan-2009
Citation: Frowd CD, Bruce V, Smith AJ & Hancock PJB (2008) Improving the quality of facial composites using a holistic cognitive interview. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 14 (3), pp. 276-287.
Abstract: Witnesses to and victims of serious crime are normally asked to describe the appearance of a criminal suspect, using a Cognitive Interview (CI), and to construct a facial composite, a visual representation of the face. Research suggests that focussing on the more global aspects of a face, as opposed to its facial features, facilitates recognition and improves composite quality; also, that the CI enables more effective use of a composite system. The current study evaluated a novel ‘holistic’ Cognitive Interview (H-CI). This comprised a descriptive phase, using a CI, followed by a recognition-enhancing phase, involving the attribution of seven holistic properties. Participant-witnesses watched a video of a target, then 3-4 hours later received either a CI or an H-CI and constructed a single composite with a standard system, PRO-fit. Composites constructed after the H-CI were correctly named more than four times as often as those after the CI, attributable to an improvement in the quality of both the internal and external parts of the face. In police work, the H-CI offers the possibility of substantially improving the identification of criminal suspects.
DOI Link: 10.1037/1076-898X.14.3.276
Rights: Published in Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied by American Psychological Association, copyright 2008.; This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.

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