This January, an exiting new research project sees the daylight. The project ‘Eyewitness Memory in Cross-Cultural Contexts’ is a collaboration between the Amsterdam Laboratory for Legal Psychology (ALLP) and the Center for International Criminal Justice (CICJ), financed by an European Research Council Starting Grant awarded to Annelies Vredeveldt.
Our increasingly international society demands that eyewitnesses of serious crimes regularly provide testimony in cross-cultural settings, such as international criminal tribunals. This poses significant challenges for investigators and legal decision-makers. Errors in fact-finding may result in wrongful convictions and unjust acquittals. Yet, eyewitness memory research has predominantly focused on Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic (WEIRD) witnesses.
In this research project, we assess how culture-dependent variables influence eyewitness memory. The project addresses two key objectives: (1) develop culturally modulated theory of eyewitness memory and (2) design and test evidence-based interview guidelines.
In the context, the CICJ welcomes three new colleagues: Laura Weiss, Dylan Drenk and Gabi de Bruïne. More information about the project and its members can be found here.