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Cross-racial lineup identification: The potential benefits of context reinstatement
Psychology, Crime, & Law (2009)
  • Jacqueline R Evans, Florida International University
  • Jessica L Marcon, University of Texas at El Paso
  • Christian A Meissner, University of Texas at El Paso

The current research examined the potential benefit of context reinstatement on the cross-race effect in lineup identification. Participants viewed a series of own- and other-race faces and subsequently attempted identification of these faces from target-present and target-absent lineups. The traditional cross-race effect was found on measures of discrimination accuracy and response bias; however, discrimination accuracy across own- and other-race faces was shown to interact with context reinstatement such that only own-race faces benefited from the provision of contextual information. This finding is discussed in light of encoding-based theories of the cross-race effect, and with regard to the theoretical and practical limitations of mitigating the phenomenon at the time of identification.

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Jacqueline R Evans, Jessica L Marcon and Christian A Meissner. "Cross-racial lineup identification: The potential benefits of context reinstatement" Psychology, Crime, & Law Vol. 15 Iss. 1 (2009)
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