CREST investigators have secured further funding to boost the research projects of the Programmes, worth over £500K. These projects will support the appointment of 4 Research Associates, pay for experimental testing at Portsmouth and Lancaster, and help develop training methods for stakeholders. The projects will:
- Examine novel memory recall techniques for use with uncooperative witnesses, in order to further develop a memory-based lie detection tool;
- Examine how to best use an interpreter during investigative interviews, including the impact of interpreters on efforts to detect detection;
- Develop and trial training in ‘error recovery’ (i.e., what to say and do to rebuild rapport and trust) for law enforcement officers; and,
- Evaluate the value and ethics of using linguistic analysis to aid assessment and selection of potential employees.
The following papers by CREST members were published (online first) this month:
- How our ability to fabricate a cover story depends on experience in similar contexts: Nahari & Vrij (in press). Can someone fabricate verifiable details when planning in advance? It all depends on the crime scenario. Psychology, Crime & Law.
- On how poor memory can become when an active witness in a firearms scenario: Hope et al. (in press). Memory and the operational witness: Police officer recall of firearms encounters as a function of active response role. Law and Human Behavior.
- Reviews 14 studies that show cognitive approaches to lie detection achieve ~71% accuracy: Vrij et al. (in press). A cognitive approach to lie detection: A meta-analysis. Legal and Criminological Psychology.
- Shows that Snapchat is primarily used for bonding with ‘strong ties’: Piwek & Joinson (2016). “What do they snapchat about?” Patterns of use in time-limited instant message service. Computers in Human Behavior, 54, 358-367.