The Elderly Eyewitness
Edited by Michael P. Toglia, David F. Ross, Joanna Pozzulo, Emily Pica
To Be Published March 1st 2014 by Psychology Press – 352 pages
The majority of research on eyewitness memory has traditionally studied children and young adults. By contrast, this volume is designed to provide an overview of empirical research on the cognitive, social, and health related factors that impact the accuracy of eyewitness testimony given by the elderly.
The book takes a lifespan developmental perspective that incorporates research on witnesses of all ages, but uses the findings to focus on issues unique to the elderly. This includes research on recognition memory with lineup identifications and recall memory that occurs when an elderly witness is asked to describe an event in court. The Elderly Eyewitness also examines jurors’ reactions to the testimony of an elderly witness, and the legal and social policy issues that emerge when the elderly witness participate in legal proceedings. While reviewing what is known about the elderly witness, the book also provides a direction for future research into this new frontier of scientific inquiry.
Its audience spans researchers in cognitive and developmental psychology, and professionals working in the growing area of psychology and law.
Michael Toglia is Department Chair and Professor in the Department Psychology at the University of North Florida. He has an extensive scholarly record that includes mentoring several hundred undergraduate and graduate student research assistants. In 2007 he was awarded the SUNY Chancellors Award for Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Activities. Since 2003 he has served as the Executive Director of the international organization the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC). He has some 60 scientific publications which in addition to Volume 1 and Volume 2 of The Handbook of Eyewitness Psychology include 7 other books, most of which are edited volumes devoted to issues on eyewitness memory and testimony.
David Ross is UC Foundation Professor of Psychology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, having his Ph.D. in Developmental and Social Psychology from Cornell University. Over the last 23 years he has conducted research on factors that influence the accuracy of eyewitness testimony in children and adults, and the psychology of jury behavior. Dr. Ross has published numerous articles in top-tier scientific journals; he was invited on two occasions to present his work at NATO conferences on eyewitness memory in children and adults and jury behavior; and he received funding from the National Institute of Justice and from the National Science Foundation for his psycholegal research that subsequently resulted in an award from the American Psychology and Law Society.
Joanna Pozzulo is Professor of Psychology at Carleton University, Canada. She has also served as Director of the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice for 6 years at Carleton University. Dr. Pozzulo’s research is focused on understanding the development of face memory and the procedures that police can use to increase the reliability of face identification from lineups. Dr. Pozzulo has co-authored the first Canadian Forensic Psychology textbook, now in its third edition (Forensic Psychology; Pozzulo, Bennell, & Forth, 2005, 2008, 2011).
Emily Pica is a graduate student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in the Department of Psychology, whose MS is expected Spring 2012. She received her BS in Lifespan Developmental Psychology at Mansfield University where her research focused on cross-racial identification in adults. Ms. Pica is a student affiliate of the American Psychological Association and a member of the American Psychology and Law Society.