Are facial image analysis experts any better than the general public at identifying individuals from CCTV images?

Caroline Wilkinson, Raymond Evans

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    Abstract

    The aim of this study was to examine the accuracy and reliability of a small group of facial imagery experts, and compare their abilities with members of the general public, to ascertain whether or not training and experience will affect the ability to identify faces from CCTV footage.

    A number of clips from CCTV footage Were utilised alongside face pools. The participants were asked to identify the actor in each CCTV clip and provide a level of confidence in the decision.

    The experts tested in this study were consistently better at identification than the public, with almost double the identification rates and half the errors. These results suggest that training and experience in facial analysis will produce more reliable and accurate facial identification. (C) 2008 Forensic Science Society. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)191-196
    Number of pages6
    JournalScience & Justice
    Volume49
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009

    Keywords

    • Facial
    • Identification
    • CCTV
    • Expert
    • Evidence
    • UNFAMILIAR FACES
    • IDENTIFICATION
    • RECOGNITION
    • PHOTOGRAPHS
    • FAMILIAR
    • AID

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