Poor accuracy of eyewitness identification in the criminal justice system has caused many innocent individuals to receive punishment for crimes they have not committed. Caricatures have been useful in identification of suspects; they tend to emphasize distinct features of the human face, which vary from a prototype. These distinct features may help with recognition because of how the features of a particular face are encoded in human memory. They may also have an effect on how the information is decoded from memory as the features, which are more distinct, are more emphasized in memory encoding. Problems may arise in how the caricatures are produced as well as how they are presented to the eyewitness.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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Heinz, Matthew J.; Mascorro, Frank; and MacLin, Otto H.
"Evaluating the Caricature Advantage in Line-up Administration,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 6:
1, Article 15.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol6/iss1/15