Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology
Skelton, F. (2018). Now conferencing but hardy and rewarding public engagement: Unplugged at the Fringe with the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas. Cognitive Psychology Bulletin,
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Brown, C., Portch, E., Skelton, F. C., Fodarella, C., Kuivaniemi-Smith, H., Herold, K., …Frowd, C. D. (in press). The impact of external facial features on the construction of facial composites. Ergonomics, 62(4), 575-592. https://doi.org/10.1080/00140139.2018.1556816
Witnesses may construct a composite face of a perpetrator using a computerised interface. Police practitioners guide witnesses through this unusual process, the goal being to ...
Marsh, J. E., Patel, K., Labonté, K., Battersby, K. L., Frowd, C. D., Ball, L. J., …Vachon, F. (2017). Chatting in the face of the eyewitness: the impact of extraneous cell-phone conversation on memory for a perpetrator. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 71(3), (183-190). doi:10.1037/cep0000101. ISSN 1196-1961
Cell-phone conversation is ubiquitous within public spaces. The current study investigates whether ignored cell-phone conversation impairs eyewitness memory for a perpetrator....
The proposed research will explore victims’ experiences of miscarriages of justice. It will investigate the narratives that individuals who have been wrongfully imprisoned have to share about their li...
17 August 2018
17 August 2018
Have you ever admitted to something you didn't do? At home? At work? What would it take to own up to breaking the law? It's surprisingly common for innocent people to confess ...
19 July 2018
19 July 2018
It is difficult to imagine admitting to something that you didn't do, especially something so serious as committing murder. There are however numerous documented cases of inno...
05 April 2018
05 April 2018
Every day juries are given the responsibility of deciding the fate of those accused in criminal trials and key evidence can be the difference between innocent or guilty. Some ...
Frowd, C. D., Lampinen, J. M., Erickson, W. B., Skelton, F. C., McIntyre, A. H., & Hancock, P. J. B. (2015). A decade of evolving composites: regression- and meta-analysis. Journal of Forensic Practice, 17, 319-334. https://doi.org/10.1108/JFP-08-2014-0025
– The purpose of this paper is to assess the impact of seven variables that emerge from forensic research on facial-composite construction and naming using contempora...
Marsh, J. E., Demaine, J., Bell, R., Skelton, F. C., Frowd, C. D., Roer, J. P., & Buchner, A. (2015). The impact of irrelevant auditory facial descriptions on memory for target faces: implications for eyewitness memory. Journal of Forensic Practice, 17, 271-280. https://doi.org/10.1108/JFP-08-2014-0029
– The purpose of this paper is to investigate the potential susceptibility of eyewitness memory to the presence of extraneous background speech that comprises a descr...
Skelton, F. C., Frowd, C. D., & Speers, K. E. (2015). The benefit of context for facial composite construction. Journal of forensic practice, 17, 281-290. https://doi.org/10.1108/JFP-08-2014-0022
Purpose - The aim of this study was to investigate whether the presence of a whole-face context during facial composite production facilitates construction of facial composite...
Alogna, V. K., Attaya, M. K., Zaksaite, T., Wiseman, K., Weatherford, D., Was, C. A., …Zwaan, R. A. (2014). Registered replication report: Schooler and Engstler-Schooler (1990). Perspectives on Psychological Science. 9, 556-578. doi:10.1177/1745691614545653. ISSN 1745-6916
Trying to remember something now typically improves your ability to remember it later. However, after watching a video of a simulated bank robbery, participants who verbally d...
Frowd, C. D., Jones, S., Fodarella, C., Skelton, F. C., Fields, S., Williams, A., & Marsh, J. E. (2014). Configural and featural information in facial-composite images. Journal / the Forensic Science Society, 54(3), 215-227. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scijus.2013.11.001
Eyewitnesses are often invited to construct a facial composite, an image created of the person they saw commit a crime that is used by law enforcement to locate criminal suspe...
Frowd, C. D., Nelson, L., Skelton, F. C., Noyce, R., Atkins, R., Heard, P., …Hancock, P. J. B. (2012). Interviewing techniques for Darwinian facial-composite systems. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 26, 576-584. https://doi.org/10.1002/acp.2829
Eyewitnesses are often asked to describe the appearance of an offender’s face, normally as part of a cognitive interview (CI), and then to construct a facial composite of it b...
Frowd, C. D., Skelton, F. C., Atherton, C., Pitchford, M., Bruce, V., Atkins, R., …Hancock, P. J. B. (2012). Understanding the multiframe caricature advantage for recognizing facial composites. Visual Cognition, 20, 1215-1241. https://doi.org/10.1080/13506285.2012.743936
Eyewitnesses often construct a ‘composite’ face of a person they saw commit a crime, a picture that police use to identify suspects. We described a technique (Frowd et al., 2...
Frowd, C. D., Skelton, F. C., Hepton, G., Holden, L., Minahil, S., Pitchford, M., …Hancock, P. J. B. (2012). Whole-face procedures for recovering facial images from memory. Journal / the Forensic Science Society. 53, 89-97. doi:10.1016/j.scijus.2012.12.004. ISSN 0015-7368
Research has indicated that traditional methods for accessing facial memories usually yield unidentifiable images. Recent research, however, has made important improvements i...
Frowd, C. D., Skelton, F. C., Atherton, C., Pitchford, M., Hepton, G., Holden, L., …Hancock, P. J. B. (2012). Recovering faces from memory: the distracting influence of external facial features. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 18, 224-238. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0027393
Recognition memory for unfamiliar faces is facilitated when contextual cues (e.g. head pose, background environment, hair and clothing) are consistent between study and test. ...
Frowd, C. D., Skelton, F. C., Atherton, C. & Hancock, P. J. B. (2012). Evolving an identifiable face of a criminal. The psychologist. 25, 116-119. ISSN 0952-8229
Frowd, C. D., Hancock, P. J. B., Bruce, V., Skelton, F. C., Atherton, C., Nelson, L., …Sendrea, G. (2011). Catching More Offenders with EvoFIT Facial Composites: Lab Research and Police Field Trials. Global Journal of Human-Social Science. 11(3)
Often, the only evidence of an offender’s identity comes from the memory of an eyewitness. For over 12 years, we have been developing software called EvoFIT to help eyewitness...
Frowd, C. D., Skelton, F. C., Butt, N., Hassan, A., Fields, S. & Hancock, P. J. B. (2010). Familiarity effects in the construction of facial composite images using modern software systems. Ergonomics. 54, 1147-1158. doi:10.1080/00140139.2011.623328. ISSN 0014-0139
We investigate the effect of target familiarity on the construction of facial composites, as used by law-enforcement to locate criminal suspects. Two popular software constru...
The Stand's New Town Theatre (Venue 7), Studio
16 August 2018
The Banshee Labyrinth, Niddrie Street, Edinburgh, EL1 1LG
18 July 2018
Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Summerhall, Edinburgh
4 April 2018