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Professor Kimberley Wade examines the problem with witness memory

Psychological scientists have long been aware of the perils of witness memory, but legal policy and practice on gathering and evaluating witness evidence is rarely research-led. Dr Kimberley Wade, a cognitive psychologist and Reader at the University of Warwick, has spent 20 years examining the reliability of human memory and the various factors that can affect how we remember. Since 2016, Dr Wade has served as a scientific advisor to the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The ICC’s International Court of Arbitration is the gold standard in arbitral institutions and oversees more than 45 million companies in 100+ countries. In November 2020, under Dr Wade’s guidance, the ICC published an extensive report that describes the application of witness evidence research to high-stakes commercial disputes, and the various measures that legal practitioners can adopt to maximise the probative value of witness evidence and minimise errors in memory. The report also outlines the first systematic study demonstrating witness memory distortions in a commercial law context. Since the report was published, Dr Wade has been speaking to legal professionals and policy makers around the globe about the application of psychological science to legal decision making. You can view a recent webinar in which Dr Wade joins The Rt. Hon. Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, John Kimbell QC, and Peter Ashford to discuss what the ICC report means for legal professionals and how it aligns with the newly published English Courts rules on witness evidence.

Mon 12 Jul 2021, 14:27 | Tags: research, EDandI

Faculty PhD Prize Winners 2021 announced. Many congratulations to Dr Owain Richie (Thesis Prize) and Dr Devon Allcoat (Thesis Impact Prize)!

Dr Owain Ritchie (Faculty PhD Thesis Prize)

"Psychological factors influencing perceptions of autonomous vehicles and computerised systems”

The Committee commended the multi-method approach (e.g., multiple indices of driving performance in simulator studies, self-reports, physiological recordings in lab studies) and liked the links between Engineering and Psychology

Supervisors: Professor Derrick Watson and Professor Nick Chater

Dr Devon Allcoat (Faculty PhD Thesis Impact Prize)

"Effects and applications of video games and virtual environments"

This thesis investigated the effects of VG and VE on cognition, specifically on learning and memory, and was recommended for the Impact Prize, as this work had already demonstrated that it had the potential to fundamentally affect modern educational practices and policies with regard to the use of advanced technology in educational and home settings.

Supervisors: Dr Adrian von Mühlenen and Professor Derrick Watson

Details of the Prize here. Previous winner here.

Tue 29 Jun 2021, 17:15 | Tags: postgraduate, research, EDandI

"Beyond the Shape of Things: Infants can be taught to generalize nouns based on functions". Read more in a Psychological Science paper co-authored by Professor Sotaro Kita and Dr Suzanne Aussems.

New paper alert. This (open-access) paper on infant word learning in Psychological Science was led by @CeciZunigaM and co-authored by @sotarokita and @KrottAndrea and myself. We show infants can be taught a function bias for word learning. Very proud of this collaborative workHandshake…

Tue 15 Jun 2021, 08:31 | Tags: postgraduate, research, EDandI

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