The Psychology of Speaker Identification and Earwitness Memory

Authored by: A. Daniel Yarmey

Handbook of Eyewitness Psychology

Print publication date:  October  2006
Online publication date:  May  2014

Print ISBN: 9780805881073
eBook ISBN: 9781315805535
Adobe ISBN: 9781317777830


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This chapter describes and explores variables that contribute to the accuracy of speaker identification and earwitness memory. An examination is made of (1) the history of voice identification in the courts; (2) differences between earwitness memory and eyewitness memory; (3) why speakers are difficult to identify; (4) a review of different witness/suspect factors and situational factors; (5) investigative procedures that play a role in earwitness memory; and finally, (6) some recommended procedures and guidelines for the administration of voice lineups.

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