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Assessing and improving the reliability of memory evidence from children

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  • Full or part time
    Dr M. Colloff
    Dr H Flowe
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Last year, 1 in 10 children were victims of crime (ONS, 2018). The number of children contributing memory evidence by providing police statements and courtroom testimony has increased by 60% according to the most recently available data (2006-2009; Plotnikoff & Woolfson, 2011). Despite this, there is limited guidance regarding how legal practitioners should assess children’s memory evidence. This project will use experimental methods, advanced statistics and new digital technologies to improve our understanding of the accuracy and reliability of child memory evidence to inform good early police decision-making (e.g., Is there evidence to gain from probing this child’s memory?) and probative value determinations (e.g., What weight should be given to this testimony?). The project will advance theory about memory and metacognitive development to underpin policy and practice guidance.

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Funding Notes

I welcome applications from first-rate students wishing to develop an application for external funding (e.g., ESRC studentship).


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