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Emma Garcia

Postgraduate Researcher

Emma Garcia


Research Interests

My research interests lie in the accuracy of eyewitness testimony. Specifically, I am interested in the effects that police procedures incur on identification accuracy. I am currently studying the effects of composite construction and possible reasons for why creating a facial composite can harm later identification performance. My PhD aims to propose an optimum protocol for police procedures by investigating the underlying effects of construction (e.g. Post Event Information, holistic vs featural interference) and proposing ways to mitigate the documented adverse effect.

Research Interests:

  • Eyewitness testimony
  • The effects of facial composite construction
  • The effect of composite quality on identification accuracy
  • Line up performance

Thesis Title

Identification Accuracy in Police Procedures: Mitigating the effect of facial composites

Supervisory Team

Dr Markus Bindemann (Primary supervisor)
Dr Jane Wood (Secondary supervisor)


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Last Updated: 07/11/2018