The Psychology of Eyewitness Testimony - SP853

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
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7 20 (10) DR M Bindemann







This module will provide you 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.


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Contact hours

Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 178
Total study hours: 200


Available to students registered for the MSc in Cognitive Psychology/Neuropsychology, the MSc in Developmental Psychology, the MSc in Research Methods in Psychology, the MSc in Social and Applied Psychology, and the MSc in Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.

Method of assessment

100 % Coursework, comprising presentations and a research proposal

Indicative reading

The module reading list can be found online at

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

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

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

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