Expert Evidence

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 126–132 | Cite as

Increasing correct identifications by children

  • Joanna D. Pozzulo
  • R. C. L. Lindsay


Four new lineup procedures were examined with the goal of increasingchildren's identification accuracy. Participants (329 children aged 10 and11 years, 426 children aged 12 to 14 years, and 265 adults) were presentedwith either a target-present or target-absent lineup. Proceduralmodifications included providing a salient "I don't know" response option,extending ‘standard’ instructions, and modeling correct responses eitherusing an identification demonstration video or a handout. These conditionswere compared to a ‘standard’ (control) lineup procedure. Extending‘standard’ instructions increased correct identifications by the youngerchildren. Presenting a salient "I don't know" response increased overallchoosing for both target-present and target-absent lineups. Experimentalprocedures did not influence correct rejection rates. These data demonstratea variety of techniques that may be useful for improving the identificationaccuracy of child witnesses. Future directions are discussed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joanna D. Pozzulo
    • 1
  • R. C. L. Lindsay
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyQueen's UniversityKingstonCanada

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