Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Searston, R. A., & Tangen, J. M. (in press). The emergence of perceptual expertise with fingerprints over time. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. doi: 10.1016/j.jarmac.2017.08.006

Searston, R. A., & Tangen, J. M. (2017). Expertise with unfamiliar objects is flexible to changes in task but not changes in class. PLoS ONE, 12(6): e0178403. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0178403 [PDF]

Searston, R. A., & Tangen, J. M. (2017). The style of a stranger: Identification expertise generalizes to coarser level categories. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 24(4), 1324–1329. doi: 10.3758/s13423-016-1211-6 [PDF] [Featured Blog Post]

Edmond, G., Towler, A., Growns, B, Ribeiro, G., Found, B., White, D., Ballantyne, K., Searston, R. A., Thompson, M. B., Tangen, J. M., Kemp, R. I., & Martire, K. (2017). Thinking forensics: Cognitive science for forensic practitioners. Science & Justice, 57(2), 144–154. doi: 10.1016/j.scijus.2016.11.005 [PDF]

Searston, R. A., & Tangen, J. M. (2017). Training perceptual experts: feedback, labels, and contrasts. The Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 71(1), 32–39. doi: 10.1037/cep0000124

Edmond, G., Found, B., Martire, K., Ballantyne, K., Hamer, D., Searston, R.A., Thompson, M. B., Cunliffe, E., Kemp, R., San Roque, M., Tangen, J., Dioso-Villa, R., Ligertwood, A., Hibbert, B., White, D., Porter, G., & Roberts, A. (2016). Model forensic science. Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences. doi: 10.1080/00450618.2015.1128969 [PDF]

Searston, R. A., Tangen, J. M., & Eva, K. W. (2016). Putting bias into context: The role of familiarity in identification. Law and Human Behavior, 40 (1), 50–64. doi: 10.1037/lhb0000154 [PDF]

Edmond, G., Tangen, J. M., Searston, R. A., & Dror, I. E. (2015). Contextual bias and cross-contamination in the forensic sciences: The implications for investigations, plea bargains, trials and appeals. Law, Probability & Risk, 14 (1), 1—25doi: 10.1093/lpr/mgu018 [PDF] [Editor’s Choice]

Thompson, M. B., Tangen, J. M., & Searston, R. A. (2014). Understanding expertise and non-analytic cognition in fingerprint discriminations made by humans. Frontiers in Psychology, Cognition. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00737 [PDF]

Edmond, G., Martire, K., Found, B., Kemp, R., Hamer, D., Hibbert, B., Ligertwood, A.,  Porter, G., San Roque, M., Searston, R. A., Tangen, J. M., Thompson, M. B., & White, D. (2014). How to cross-examine forensic scientists: A guide for lawyers. Australian Bar Review, 39 (2), 174—197. [PDF]


Conference Presentations

Searston, R. A., Zhen, L., Tangen, J. M, & Thompson, M. B. (2017). Effect of practice testing on learning to discriminate natural categories. Poster to be presented at the Psychonomic Society 58th Annual Meeting. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: 9–12 November, 2017.

Tangen, J. M., Corbett, B., Matthews, B.,  Searston, R. A., & Thompson, M. B. (2017). Progressive challenge in the discrimination of visual categories. Proceedings of the Psychonomic Society 58th Annual Meeting. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: 9–12 November, 2017.

Thompson, M. B., Tangen, J. M., Chan., N., French, L., & Searston, R. A. (2017). How low can you go? Categorization and recognition of low resolution images. Proceedings of the Psychonomic Society 58th Annual Meeting. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: 9–12 November, 2017.

Lodge, J. L., Searston, R. A., & Tangen, J. M (2017). What is psychological science contributing to higher education? Co-presentation/podcast live recording at the Australian Psychology Learning and Teaching conference (AusPLaT), Ipswich, Australia: 15–17 September 2017. [invited address] [associated Beyond the Lectern podcast episode forthcoming]

Searston, R. A., & Tangen, J. M. (2017). Creating the Next Generation of Perceptual Experts in Australian Policing Agencies. Fingerprints Scientific Advisory Group Meeting 2017, Australian and New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency. Melbourne, Australia: 10–11 August, 2017. [invited talk]

Searston, R. A., Tangen, J. M., & Thompson, M. B. (2017). Collapsing across categories, contexts, and cognitive tasks as an alternative to replication. Talk presented at the 44th Experimental Psychology Conference, Newcastle, Australia: 19–22 April, 2017.

Tangen, J. M., Searston, R. A., & Thompson, M. B. (2017). Turning novices into experts with style. Proceedings of the 12th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC) 2017, Sydney, Australia: 3–6 January 2017.

Searston, R. A., & Tangen, J. M. (2016). Perceptual expertise is flexible to changes in task but not changes in class. Talk presented at the 43rd Experimental Psychology Conference, Melbourne, Australia: 30 March–2 April, 2016.

Searston, R. A., & Tangen, J. M. (2015). Should forensic experts justify their decisions in court? Talk presented at the 5th International Conference on Evidence Law and Forensic Science. Adelaide, Australia: 22–23 July, 2015.

Searston, R. A., & Tangen, J. M. (2015). Turning novice identifiers into experts. Talk presented at the 11th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. Victoria, BC, Canada: 24–27 June, 2015. [Seminar]

Searston, R. A., & Tangen, J. M. (2015). Identification expertise and family resemblance categorisation. Talk presented at the 42nd Experimental Psychology Conference. Sydney, Australia: 9–11 April, 2015.

Searston, R. A. (2015). Training visual expertise. Talk presented at the 3rd Annual Unfamiliar Face Matching Research Meeting. Sydney, Australia: 17–18 February, 2015.

Searston, R. A., & Tangen, J. M. (2014). “Match” or “No Match”? Learning to Identify Unfamiliar People. Poster presented at the Psychonomic Society 55th Annual Meeting. Long Beach, California: 20–23 November, 2014. [Best Poster Award Finalist]

Tangen, J. M., Searston, R. A., & Thompson, M. B. (2014). Visual expertise and identification. Proceedings of the Psychonomic Society 55th Annual Meeting. Long Beach, California: 20–23 November, 2014.

Searston, R. A., & Tangen, J. M. (2014). Mapping the development of identification expertise: A prospective longitudinal approach. Talk presented at the 41st Experimental Psychology Conference. Brisbane, Australia: 23–26 April, 2014.

Edmond, G., Found, B., Kemp, R. I., Martire, K. A., Searston, R. A., Tangen, J. M., Towler, A., & White, D. (2014). Psychological factors in the interpretation, delivery and assessment of forensic science evidence. Talk co-presented at the 22nd International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society. Adelaide, Australia: 1–4 September, 2014.

Searston, R. A., & Tangen, J. M. (2014). Developing expertise in the identification of fingerprints and faces. Talk presented at the 2nd Annual Unfamiliar Face Matching Research Meeting. Sydney, Australia: 19–20 February, 2014.

Searston, R. A., & Tangen, J. M. (2013). Training and recruitment in forensic reasoning. 2013 Fingerprint Experts’ Conference, HMAS Penguin. Sydney, Australia: 4 November, 2013. [invited talk]

Searston, R. A., & Tangen, J. M. (2013). From a novice to an expert: Training and recruitment in identification. Talk presented at the School of Psychology 4th Annual Research Higher Degree Day. Brisbane, Australia: 1 November, 2013.

Searston, R. A., & Tangen, J. M. (2013). Cognitive bias in fingerprint identification: The subtle effects of familiarity. Poster presented at the 40th Experimental Psychology Conference. Adelaide, Australia: 3-6 April, 2013.


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