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Familiarity and Conviction in the Criminal Justice System: Definitions, Theory, and Eyewitness Research

Joanna Pozzulo, Emily Pica, and Chelsea Sheahan


Eyewitnesses are likely to have some degree of familiarity with a perpetrator when a crime is committed. Despite the fact that the majority of crimes are committed by someone with whom the victim/witness is familiar, the majority of eyewitness research has focused on the identification of stranger perpetrators. It is critical to examine how familiarity may influence eyewitness accuracy. Familiarity can vary from a complete stranger to a very familiar other. This book explores the “middle ground” as it relates to the criminal justice system, namely describing perpetrators, eyewitness identifica ... More

Keywords: familiarity, eyewitness identification, wrongful conviction, juror decision-making, memory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190874810
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190874810.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joanna Pozzulo, author
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, Carleton University

Emily Pica, author
Assistant professor, Department of Psychological Science and Counseling, Austin Peay State University

Chelsea Sheahan, author
Adjunct Professor, Carleton University