Christian Meissner is Professor of Psychology at Iowa State University. He holds a
Ph.D. in Cognitive & Behavioral Science from Florida State University (2001) and
conducts empirical studies on the psychological processes underlying investigative
interviews, including issues surrounding eyewitness recall and identification, deception
detection, and interrogations and confessions. He has published numerous peer-reviewed
journal articles and book chapters, and his research has been funded by the National
Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Justice, and
the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He has served on advisory panels for the
National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Department of
Defense, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and currently serves on the
editorial board of several prominent academic journals. From 2010-2012, he served as
Program Director of Law & Social Sciences at the National Science Foundation. In
2008, Dr. Meissner received the Saleem Shah Award for "Early Career Excellence in
Psychology and Law" from the American Psychology-Law Society and the American
Academy of Forensic Psychology. In 2011, Drs. Meissner and Lassiter were awarded the
American Psychology-Law Society Book Award and the American Publisher's PROSE Award
for "Professional and Scholarly Excellence in Psychology" for their edited
volume, "Police Interrogations and False Confessions: Current Research, Practice,
and Policy Recommendations". Most recently, Dr. Meissner received the 2013 Academic
Excellence Award from the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group. He
currently serves as President of the (international) Society for Applied Research in
Memory & Cognition, and has been elected as a Fellow of the Association for
Psychological Science and the Psychonomic Society. 

Applied Memory (Eyewitnesses, False Recall)

Evidence of differential performance on simultaneous and sequential lineups for individuals with autism-spectrum traits (with Rachel L. Jones and Matthew H. Scullin), Personality & Individual Differences (2011)

Given the impaired facial recognition of autistic individuals, we examined whether certain autism-spectrum traits affected...

English speakers attend more strongly than Spanish speakers to manner of motion when classifying novel objects and events (with Alan W. Kersten, Julia Lechuga, Bennett L. Schwartz, Justin S. Albrechtsen, and Adam Iglesias), Journal of Experimental Psychology: General (2010)

Three experiments provide evidence that the conceptualization of moving objects and events is influenced by...



The need for expert psychological testimony on eyewitness identification (with Roy S. Malpass, Stephen J. Ross, and Jessica L. Marcon), Expert testimony on the psychology of eyewitness identification (2009)


Accuracy of eyewitness descriptions (with Kyle J. Susa), Encyclopedia of Psychology & Law (2008)


A “middle road” approach to bridging the basic-applied divide in eyewitness identification research (with Sean M. Lane), Applied Cognitive Psychology (2008)

Over a century of laboratory research has explored the mechanisms of memory using a variety...


Cross-Racial Person Identification

Can I see your passport please?: Perceptual discrimination of own-­ and other-race faces (with Kyle J. Susa and Amy B. Ross), Visual Cognition (2013)

Psychological research has consistently demonstrated that individuals are better at discriminating faces of their own...



The cross-race effect: Resistant to instructions (with Brian H. Bornstein, Cindy E. Laub, and Kyle J. Susa), Journal of Criminology (2013)

The cross-race effect (CRE) is the tendency for eyewitnesses to be better at recognizing members...



Modeling the role of social-cognitive processes in the recognition of own- and other-race faces (with Kyle J. Susa and Hendrik de Heer), Social Cognition (2010)

Known as the cross-race effect (CRE), psychological research has consistently shown that people are less...



Perceptual identification and the cross-race effect (with Jessica L. Marcon, Michael Frueh, Kyle J. Susa, and Otto H. MacLin), Visual Cognition (2010)

The current research examined whether the cross-race effect (CRE) was evident in perceptual identification tasks...



Assessing the influence of recollection and familiarity in memory for own- vs. other-race faces (with Jessica L. Marcon and Kyle J. Susa), Psychonomic Bulletin & Review (2009)

The current research examined the contributions of recollection vs. familiarity in memory for own- and...


Forensic Science


Special issue on forensic science (Part 1) (with Kenneth G. Furton), Canadian Journal of Police & Security Services (2005)


Special issue on forensic science (Part 2) (with Kenneth G. Furton), Canadian Journal of Police & Security Services (2005)

Interviewing, Interrogation, & Credibility Assessment

Accusatorial and information-gathering interrogation methods and their effects on true and false confessions: a meta-analytic review (with Allison R. Redlich, Stephen W. Michael, Jacqueline R. Evans, Catherine R. Camilletti, Sujeeta Bhatt, and Susan Brandon), Journal of Experimental Criminology (2014)

Objectives: We completed a systematic review and meta-analysis of the available empirical literature assessing the...

An empirical evaluation of intelligence-gathering interrogation techniques from the United States Army Field Manual (with Kate A. Houston, Jacqueline R. Evans, Amy B. Ross, Julie R. LaBianca, Skye A. Woestehoff, and Steven M. Kleinman), Applied Cognitive Psychology (2014)

Despite growing interest in intelligence interviewing, there is little empirical research directly addressing interrogations conducted...

Does training improve the detection of deception: A meta-analysis (with Valerie Hauch, Siegfried L. Sporer, and Stephen W. Michael), Communication Research (2014)

This meta-analysis examined whether training improves detection of deception. Overall, 30 studies (22 published and...

Human intelligence interviewing and interrogation: Assessing the challenges of developing an ethical, evidence-based approach (with Maria Hartwig and Matthew D. Semel), Investigative interviewing (2014)

The purpose of this chapter is to review the available research on Human Intelligence (HUMINT)...



Interrogation and investigative interviewing in the United States: Research and practice (with Christopher E. Kelly), Contemporary developments and practices in investigative interviewing and interrogation: Volume II (2014)

Legal Decision-Making


The effects of accomplice witnesses and jailhouse informants on jury decision making (with Jeffrey S. Neuschatz, Deah S. Lawson, Jessica K. Swanner, and Joseph S. Neuschatz), Law & Human Behavior (2008)

The present study presents one of the first investigations of the effects of accomplice witnesses...



Racial bias in juror decision-making: A meta-analytic review of defendant treatment (with Tara L. Mitchell, Ryann M. Haw, and Jeffrey E. Pfeifer), Law & Human Behavior (2005)

Common wisdom seems to suggest that racial bias, defined as disparate treatment of minority defendants,...



Jury nullification: The influence of judicial instruction on the relationship between attitudes and juridic decision-making (with John C. Brigham and Jeffrey E. Pfeifer), Basic & Applied Social Psychology (2003)

Prior research on jury nullification has suggested that individuals tend to operate on their “sentiments”...