Face recognition in context: A case study of tips on a call-in crime tv show
North American Journal of Psychology
Law enforcement agencies regularly call on citizens to aid in the capturing of criminals. The present research examined actual tip sheets collected by operators and used by police to apprehend a fugitive featured on a call-in crime show. We examined caller demographic information, when the tip was called in, geographical and situational information of the reported fugitive sighting, as well as the accuracy of callers' descriptions. Results indicate that callers compared the information viewed on the show to memories of previous encounters with people they thought was the fugitive and called in within two hours of airing. Findings are evaluated in terms of the cognitive processes involved in face recognition and how they differ from face recognition processes involved in eyewitness identification. © NAJP.
Original Publication Date
MacLin, Otto H.; Tapscott, Ryan; and Maclin, M. Kimberly, "Face recognition in context: A case study of tips on a call-in crime tv show" (2010). Faculty Publications. 2038.