Dr. Gary Wells

Distinguished Professor [PSYCH]

Contact

Dept:Psychology
Office:476 Science
2237 Osborn Dr
Ames IA
50011-1027
Phone:515-294-6033
Links: Website

Area of expertise: Social

Topics of interest: Bias in Forensic Testing, Eyewitness Identification, Forensic Comparison Tests, Police Lineups, Psychology and Law

Laboratory: Psychology and Law Lab

Bio

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Education:

Ph.D., Experimental Social Psychology
Ohio State University, 1977

B.S., Psychology
Kansas State University, 1973

Research Interests:

Most of my work has been focused on the reliability of eyewitness identification. My recent work in this area includes investigations into ways in which the structure of lineups affect the reliability of eyewitness identifications and also factors that lead eyewitnesses to develop false confidence in their memories. In addition, we have launched a new line of research looking at how extraneous information can bias the conclusions that forensic examiners (e.g., fingerprint examiners) reach. Specifically, we are testing the effectiveness of a method that can neutralize this type of bias.

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