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Public Engagement

Birmingham ThinkTank Museum Exhibition 'Are You A Good Eyewitness?'
(May 2018; May 2019; October 2019)

During half term holidays in 2018 and 2019, students and staff from the Applied Memory Lab ran an interactive exhibit at the Birmingham ThinkTank Museum as part of the “Meet the Expert” programme.Three teams of Psychology students developed and delivered demonstrations on eyewitness memory for children and adults. The exhibit unveiled to the public, for the very first time, a 3D interactive line-up identification procedure developed by the lab.The exhibit was made possible by grants from the Alumni Impact Fund and the Centre for Crime Justice and Policing. The exhibit was led by Dr Melissa Colloff, Ms Danielle Hett and Dr Heather Flowe. 


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Since COVID-19, we have moved our public engagement online. Visit the 'Are you a good eyewitness?' website for updates and virtual tasks!



Interviewing complainants who were alcohol intoxicated during sexual assault: New evidence for practice


Criminal identification viewed from a different angle: Can a novel interactive lineup procedure improve accuracy? Forensic Society Conference, Biometrics, The Future.


Remembering rape: A randomised controlled test of the effects of acute alcohol intoxication and alcohol expectancies on women’s memory. St Mary's SARC Annual Conference, Manchester, UK.


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Informants Under The Influence: Can Intoxicated Informants Provide Accurate Information? For: Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST), July 2018. 

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Alcohol, memory recall and sexual assault research. For: Rape & Sexual Violence Project (RSVP), July 2018.

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Monds, L., van Golde, C., Takarangi, M., Paterson, H., Flowe, H. (2017). Assessing the reliability of intoxicated witnesses. Australian Police Journal, 121-128.

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Witnesses confuse innocent and guilty suspects with 'unfair' lineups. Association for Psychological Science, July 2016.

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Flowe, H., Carline, A., Takarangi, M., Humphries, J., French, S., & Prior, M. (2015). Sexual violence and complainant intoxication. Criminal Justice & Law Weekly, 179 (34)


Flowe, H. D., & Karoğlu, N. (2014). Reforming eyewitness identification evidence. Criminal Justice & Law Weekly, 78 (44)

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Flowe, H. D., Shaw, S. E., Nye, E., & Jamel, J. (2009). Rape stereotyping and public delusion. British Journalism Review, 20(4), 21-25

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Shaw, S. E., Nye, E., Jamel, J., & Flowe, H. (2009). The print media and rape. The Psychologist, 22(10).


Dr Ford, alcohol and

remembering sexual assault -The Psychologist, October 2018

Public Policy Work

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