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Perception. 2006;35(10):1433-6.

Eye-witnesses should not do cryptic crosswords prior to identity parades.

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School of Psychology, Cardiff University, Park Place, Cardiff, UK. lewismb@cardiff.ac.uk

Abstract

Navon letter tasks have been shown to affect subsequent face recognition performance. As such tasks are not likely to by carried out prior to a witness attending an identity parade this is unlikely to have much applied relevance. Here, however, it is explored how a range of puzzles that witnesses might engage in affect face recognition. Cryptic crosswords were found to have a detrimental effect on subsequent face recognition, unlike reading, literal crosswords, or sudoku. As well as this finding's practical importance, it also provides a further insight into the Navon effect on face processing.

PMID:
17214386
DOI:
10.1068/p5666
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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