Sex Differences within Face Recognition and Peripheral Attention in Eyewitness Testimony
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Although, eyewitness memory has captured substantial research interest, previous literature seemed to neglect face recognition skill in eyewitness testimony. The aim of the current study was to explore whether the differences between men and women reflect general differences in episodic memory or specific difference in episodic memory in facial recognition. It was hypothesised that females would perform better in face recognition task and have a higher recall score for peripheral details. Forty participants (20 females/ 20 males) participated in this study. Participants were first presented with an image of the perpetrator, then a crime scene video clip was presented, participants completed a questionnaire answering questions covering peripheral details and then participants chose one image who they assumed to be the perpetrator out of 5 distractor images; this procedure was repeated for eight video clips. The results illustrated that there were no significant sex differences between males and females in face recognition and in peripheral attention. In conclusion, even though, no significant results were reported, future research should be conducted by eliminating existing limitations of the current study to further investigate sex differences in face recognition and peripheral attention in eyewitness testimony.
BSc (Hons) Psychology
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