Facial Identity Matching: Cognitive Research and Forensic Practice - PSYC8530

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This module will provide students with theoretical instruction about how the methods and techniques of cognitive psychology have been applied to the practical topic of evaluating eyewitness testimony. The study of cognitive processes involved in face recognition and face matching will feature highly in this module.


Contact hours

22 hours

Method of assessment

100 % Coursework, comprising presentations and a research proposal

Indicative reading

The module reading list can be found online at http://resourcelists.kent.ac.uk/index.html

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

8. The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the issues surrounding human behaviour and performance when performing as eyewitnesses.
8.2 Show key intellectual skills by critically evaluating the role of psychological research for understanding human behaviour in relation to the criminal justice system.
8.3 Demonstrate a sound understanding of how psychological theory and methodology have influenced police procedures.
8.4 Evaluate through written analysis and interpretation the contributions made by psychological research to improving the way in which eyewitness evidence is collected and how eyewitness testimony is evaluated

9. The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Show familiarity with how advanced research methods relevant to cognitive psychology can be applied to real world questions.
9.2 Critique (i.e. evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of) the research data intended to address specific research questions
9.3 Competently disseminate their work to an audience (i.e. via a poster)
9.4 Express opinions, argue rationally and engage in critical thinking both orally and in the written form


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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