Professor A. Memon

SIPR Associate
Professor, Psychology

Royal Holloway College
University of London
TW20 0EX
Tel: (0) 1784 276563

ResearchEyewitness Testimony, Children's memory, identification parades, vulnerable witnesses, juror decisoin making, police officer's recall of eyewitness events, deception detection, witness credibility, memory for shooting scenarios, investigative interviewing.

NetworkEvidence and investigation: Academic

GroupSIPR Associate


Prof Memon?s main area of expertise is Applied Social and Cognitive psychology and she has been conducting research in the Psychology and Law area for 25 years. Her research is international with collaborations in Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, North America, Germany and Sweden. Dr Memon has received numerous awards to support her research and has over 80 publications. Current projects including work on false memories, detection of deception, video parades, child witnesses, older adult witnesses and the Cognitive Interview. Dr Memon has disseminated her work extensively and has given formal and informal talks to professional groups including police officers and has run specialist workshops designed to advance knowledge of practitioners.  Her research has received media coverage and her expert opinion has been sought on numerous civil (family court) and criminal cases in Scotland and England.  She is actively engaged in knowledge transfer and works closely with end-users. She has been contributing to professional development and training of the judiciary in Scotland since 2002. She is currently involved in two projects with the police. The first is looking at video identification evidence in Scotland and this has already resulted in one publication. The second is examining video identification evidence in England and this has recently received support from the ESRC Knowledge Transfer (Follow-on Fund) Scheme. The aim of the projects is to develop guidance to assist the police in gathering identification evidence from witnesses particularly vulnerable witnesses.


Wright, D. B., Memon, A., Skagerberg, E. M., & Gabbert, F. (2009). When eyewitnesses talk. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 18, 174-178.


Valentine, T., Darling, S. & Memon, A. (2007) Do strict rules and moving images increase the reliability of sequential identification procedures? Applied Cognitive Psychology, 21, 933-949.


Wells, G., Memon, A. & Penrod, S. (2007) Eyewitness Evidence: Improving its Probative Value. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 7 (2) 51-75


Memon, A., Vrij, A. & Bull, R. (2003). Psychology & Law: Truthfulness, Accuracy and Credibility of victims, witnesses and suspects. Wiley Series on Psychology, Crime and Law.


Memon, A. & Gabbert, F. (2003). Improving the identification accuracy of senior witnesses: Do pre-lineup questions and sequential testing help?  Journal of Applied Psychology, 88 (2): 341-347


Hulse, L. & Memon, A. (2006) Fatal Impact? The Effects of Emotional Arousal and

Weapon Presence on Police Officers? Memories for a Simulated Crime. Legal &

Criminological Psychology, 11, 313-325


Stein, L. & Memon, A. (2006) Testing the efficacy of the Cognitive Interview in a

developing country. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 20, 597-635




Last Updated: Fri 18 Jun 10