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About Gary L. Wells

Most of my work has been focused on the reliability of eyewitness identification. My recent work in this area includes investigations into ways in which the structure of lineups affect the reliability of eyewitness identifications and also factors that lead eyewitnesses to develop false confidence in their memories. In addition, we have launched a new line of research looking at how extraneous information can bias the conclusions that forensic examiners (e.g., fingerprint examiners) reach. Specifically, we are testing the effectiveness of a method that can neutralize this type of bias.


Present Professor, Iowa State University Department of Psychology
Present The Wendy and Mark Stavish Chair in Social Sciences, Iowa State University
Present Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Iowa State University

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476 Science I
2237 Osborn Dr
Ames, IA 50011-1027