Robbie Taylor

The influence of the number of unanimous eyewitnesses on how jurors evaluate biased evidence from a lineup.

Qualifications

First Class Honours, Victoria University of Wellington
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington

Research Interests

My main research interest, and my PhD thesis topic, is jury decision making and police photo lineups. Specifically, I’m investigating the influence of the number of unanimous eyewitnesses on how jurors evaluate biased evidence from a lineup. We often assume that the more people who unanimously identify a person from a lineup, the more likely that person is to be guilty. For example, people are more likely to think a person is guilty if 10 witnesses say that person is guilty, compared to 5 witnesses. But is this the pattern we see when we give subjects evidence and ask them to make decisions about a mock crime? Furthermore, how do subjects’ decisions change when that lineup is unfair?

I am also interested in the memories people have for their personal past—autobiographical memories. Research has shown that people often recall these memories because they serve important functions. I’m interested in the strategies people use to recall these memories, how people use these memories to make decisions, and to what extent we can manipulate the functions people report these memories serve.

Conference Presentations

Taylor, R.J., Crawford, M. (2018, June). The influence of priming a psychological need on the functions of autobiographical memory. Poster presented at Autobiographical Memory and the Self, Aarhus, Denmark.

Taylor, R.J., Crawford, M. (2017, December). The influence of priming a psychological need on the functions of autobiographical memory. Presented at Kiwicam, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Taylor, R. J., Garry, M. (2017, January). The Secret Life of Passwords. Presented at SARMAC XII, Sydney, Australia.

Taylor, R. J., Garry, M. (2016, November). The number of witnesses who identify a suspect from a biased lineup influences jurors’ ratings of guilt. Presented at Kiwicam, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Taylor, R.J., Garry, M. (2015, September). The Secret Life of Passwords. Presented at Kiwicam, Wellington, New Zealand.

Taylor, R.J., Macaskill, A.C., Hunt, M. J. (August, 2013). Impact of free spins on preference for slot machines. NZ Association for Behaviour Analysis Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

Publications

Taylor, R. J., Burton-Wood, C. G., Garry, M. (in press). America was great when nationally relevant events occurred and when Americans were young. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition.

Taylor, R. J., Garry, M. (2018). People Infuse Their Passwords with Autobiographical Information. Memory. doi: 10.1080/09658211.2018.1539499

PhD Topic

The influence of the number of unanimous eyewitnesses on how jurors evaluate biased evidence from a lineup.

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