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Describing a Face without Overshadowing Effect: Another Benefice of the Person Description Interview

Abstract : Describing a face impairs the later recognition of this same face. This effect, known as the verbal overshadowing effect (Schooler & Engstler-Schooler, 1990), is especially observed when the description is complete (Meissner, Brigham, & Kelley, 2001). This is an actual dilemma for investigators: choosing between an efficient search of the suspect from the eyewitness's description or an accurate identification of the perpetrator by the eyewitness. The Person Description Interview offers a solution to this issue (Demarchi & Py, 2009). With this interview protocol, descriptions of the perpetrator are more complete than those obtained with a series of precise closed questions, and face recognition performance is higher.
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Samuel Demarchi, Jacques Py, S. Groud-Than, T. Parain, Maïté Brunel. Describing a Face without Overshadowing Effect: Another Benefice of the Person Description Interview. Psychologie Française, Elsevier Masson, 2013, 58 (2), pp.123-133. ⟨10.1016/j.psfr.2013.01.002⟩. ⟨hal-01473275⟩

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