Essay on Notes On The Law And Human Behavior

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Clark, Steven E., Michael A. Erickson Jesse Breneman. 2011. "Probative value of absolute and relative judgments in eyewitness identification." Law and Human Behavior 35 (5): 364-380. Accessed September 14, 2016. doi: 10.1007/s10979-010-9245-1.
This peer-viewed report, published in the Law and Human Behavior journal, the official journal for the American Psychology-Law Society compares the two decision-making models of judgement, relative and absolute using the WITNESS model (a computerised memory and decision-making model that produces eyewitness response probabilities) in simultaneous and sequential lineups. This report seeks to understand which judgement model produces the higher probative value for eyewitness identification. The authors argue that absolute judgement would be valued more due to witnesses making identifications based on a comparison of each lineup member to their memory of the offender whereas, witnesses using relative judgment make identifications based on which lineup member looks most like the suspect. The results found that for suspect-matched lineups absolute judgement produced a higher probative value than relative judgement. This report would be useful in highlighting issues with the integrity and accuracy of eyewitness’s identification in the present case’s conditions as it discusses the effect models of judgement (relative specifically) have in line-ups and memory recall.
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