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Just completed PhDs

Two of our excellent PhD students—Alliyza Lim & Katie Logos—working on projects related to Neil Brewer & Robyn Young’s ARC project, Problematic interactions between autistic adults and the justice system, have just been awarded their PhDs. 

Feb 2020 – hot off the press, a detailed analysis of how to improve police photoarrays and lineups

The paper was commissioned by Division 41 of the American Psychological Association; the 6 authors were invited; and (as well as the normal journal reviewing processes) the various iterations of the manuscript were reviewed in sessions at major international conferences: Wells, G. L., Kovera, M. B., Douglass, A. B., Brewer, N., Meissner, C., & Wixted,… Read more »

Forthcoming article – plus a chapter just out

The article with colleagues at University of Bath (UK) extends our memory research to ASD in a special issue of Autism Research. The chapter focuses on our new ARC-funded research on how perspective taking deficits often seen in ASD individuals may contribute to problematic interactions with the police. Maras, K., Norris, J., & Brewer, N…. Read more »

Couple of new book chapters coming from this crew

Brewer, N., Lucas, C. L., Sauer, J. D., & Palmer, M. A. (in press, 2020). Measuring the relationship between eyewitness identification confidence and accuracy. In A. Smith, M. Toglia, & J. Lampinen (Eds.), Methods, measures, and theories in eyewitness identification tasks. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis. Sauer, J. D., & Brewer, N. (in press,… Read more »

New book out

Book cover and coozie

See new book out in 2019, edited by Neil Brewer & Amy Bradfield Douglass, and published by Guilford Publications, New York. It covers a wide array of topics in the psychology-law area, with chapters written by top researchers in their fields. See reviews from Elizabeth Loftus (UC, Irvine), Saul Kassin (John Jay, CUNY), Michael Lamb… Read more »

And a new discussion paper on the confidence-accuracy relationship for eyewitness identification:


Here Neil Brewer joins Jim Sauer and Matt Palmer, two of his former PhD students, to examine an issue that has attracted a lot of attention recently: the probative value of high confidence eyewitness identifications. There will certainly be a few researchers who won’t agree with their conclusions, but the authors believe the issues canvassed… Read more »

A change of tack … with a new paper in Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders


co-authored with colleague Robyn Young, and a product of their new ARC Discovery grant – provides an interesting and new paradigm that permits probing of criminal vulnerability in ASD adults. Young, R. L., & Brewer, N. (2020). Perspective taking deficits, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and allaying police officers’ suspicions about criminal involvement. Journal of Autism and…

Yet another tangent … Most eyewitness memory research fails to acknowledge the motivations of the witnesses …


when trying to understand the nature of their memory reports. This paper, just out in Journal of Applied Research in Memory & Cognition, derived from Nicole McCallum’s PhD thesis and offers an interesting new approach to understanding why eyewitnesses report (or don’t report) what they do. McCallum, N., Brewer, N., & Weber, N. (2019). A… Read more »