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Improving the effectiveness of facial composites

01 May 2020

This study aims to improve the quality of facial composites composed by witnesses to crimes. Composites are pictures of faces constructed from a person’s memory, and are used by police to help solve crime.
The study involves looking at a series of facial composites of English footballers for you to or rate compared to a photograph. The study takes about 10 minutes to complete.


  • Use of Skype (no webcam required)
  • Must NOT recognise England football players

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Ethical approval

This study has been approved by the University of Central Lancashire Psychology department ethics committee on 21st February 2020.

About the researcher

I am a PhD student at the University of Central Lancashire interested improving facial composite systems used by the police.

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