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Professor Graham Edward Pike

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Professor of Forensic Cognition
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Psychology
  • graham.pike

Professional biography

I am Professor of Forensic Cognition at The Open University. Below are a selection of professional links and affiliations:

  • Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of The British Psychological Society
  • Chartered Scientist
  • Associate Director (Research) of the Centre for Policing Research and Learning
  • Member of the European Association of Psychology and Law
  • Member of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition
  • Deputy Director of the Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative

Research interests

I research in forensic psychology (mostly on eyewitness identification) and applied cognition (mostly in face perception). I have a particular interest in developing technology, policy and procedures designed to improve police investigations. Much of my current research is conducted as part of the Centre for Policing Research and Learning, which is funded by the Home Office and HEFCE and supported by the OU's Policing Consortium, which consists of 12 UK Police Forces and Agencies.

I am also a founding member of the Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC), and part of the centre's Forensic Psychology Research Group where I work closely with Nicky Brace, Gemma Briggs, Gini Harrison, Trina Havard, Helen Kaye, Hayley Ness, Ailsa Strathie, Martin Thirkettle, Jim Turner and Zoe Walkington.

Recent research outputs include:

Pike, G. (2016). Policing engagement, enquiry and investigation: An interdisciplinary perspective. Symposium convened & chaired at the European Association of Psychology and Law, Toulouse, 2016.

Pike, G. (2016). Face recognition in forensic settings. Symposium convened & chaired at the European Association of Psychology and Law, Toulouse, 2016.

Pike, G. (2016). Perceptual impacts on eyewitness identification. Symposium convened & chaired at the European Association of Psychology and Law, Toulouse, 2016.

Pike, G. and Westmarland, L. (2016). Comparing practitioner and public perceptions of police integrity. Paper presented at the European Association of Psychology and Law, Toulouse, 2016.

Ness, H., Hancock, P.J.B., Bowie, L., Bruce, V., & Pike, G. (2015). Are two views better than one? Investigating three-quarter view composites. Journal of Forensic Practice. (Special issue on Facial Composites)

Pike, G. (2015) Schools instead of prisons. In C. Allison and W McMahon, Discussing alternatives to criminal justice. ISBN: 978-1-906003-44-9

Pike, G. & Harrison, V. (2015). How to improve identification evidence: Practitioner hits and academic false alarms. HERC Online Series, 09/15, oucriminology.wordpress.com/icccr-online-series/

Thirkettle, M. & Pike, G. (2015) Is technology making your attention span shorter than a goldfish’s?. The Conversation.

Lay, S. & Pike, G. (2015) Realistic robot faces aren’t enough – we need emotion to put us at ease with androids. The Conversation

Pike, G. (2015). Facing criminal justice: face perception research and the criminal justice system. Symposium convened & chaired at the European Association of Psychology and Law, Nuremberg, 2015.

Pike, G. (2015). Public and police perceptions of psychology and the law. Symposium convened & chaired at the European Association of Psychology and Law, Nuremberg, 2015.

Pike, G. (2015). Using crime fiction and psychology to tackle miscarriages of justice. Paper presented at the European Association of Psychology and Law, Nuremberg, 2015.

Pike, G. & Clark, C. (in press). Identification evidence. In A. Griffiths and B. Milne, Investigation: Psychology into practice. Routledge.

Vossler, A., Havard, C., Pike, G., Barker, M.J. and Raabe, B. (book contract agreed, book due Oct 2016). Mad or Bad: A critical approach to counselling and forensic psychology. Sage.

Pike, G., Havard, C. and Ness, H. (2014). Putting Research Evidence into Practice using The Mystery Face Procedure. Report to the College of Policing.

 

 

Teaching interests

Since coming to the university in 2000, I have worked on a wide range of courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Recently this has included designing and directing the following qualifications:

as well as supporting the development of the following degrees:

modules:

and MOOCs:

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Forensic Psychology Research GroupGroupFaculty of Social Sciences
International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)CentreFaculty of Social Sciences

Publications

Eye-witness identification procedures and stress: a comparison of live and video identification parades (2009)
Brace, Nicola A.; Pike, Graham E.; Kemp, Richard I. and Turner, Jim
International Journal of Police Science & Management, 11(2) (pp. 183-192)
Children making faces: the effect of age and prompts on children's facial composites of unfamiliar faces (2008-05)
Paine, Carina B.; Pike, Graham E.; Brace, Nicola A. and Westcott, Helen L.
Applied Cognitive Psychology, 22(4) (pp. 455-474)
Holistic facial composite systems: are they compatible with witness recall? (2008)
Brace, Nicola A.; Pike, Graham E. and Turner, Jim A.
Cognitive Technology Journal, 13(2) (pp. 42-49)
Identifying composites of famous faces: Investigating memory, language and system issues (2006-08)
Brace, N.A.; Pike, G.E.; Allen, P. and Kemp, R.I.
Psychology, Crime & Law, 12(4) (pp. 351-366)
Does the presentation of multiple facial composites improve suspect identification? (2006-03)
Brace, Nicola; Pike, Graham; Kemp, Richard; Turner, Jim and Bennett, Peter
Applied Cognitive Psychology, 20(2) (pp. 213-266)
Making faces with computers: Witness cognition and technology (2005)
Pike, Graham; Brace, Nicola; Turner, Jim and Kynan, Sally
Pragmatics & Cognition, 13(3) (pp. 459-479)
Video-based identification procedures: combining best practice and practical requirements when designing identification systems (2001-12)
Kemp, Richard I.; Pike, Graham E. and Brace, Nicola A.
Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 7(4) (pp. 802-807)
Identity, citizenship and engaging with the criminal justice system (2015-08)
Briggs, Gemma and Pike, Graham
In : European Association of Psychology and Law Conference (EAPL 2015) (4-7 August 2015, Nuremberg, Germany)
Violent, realistic and unexpected staged crimes: do participant-witnesses behave differently? (2011-06)
Pike, Graham
In : 9th Conference of The Society for Applied Research in Memory & Cognition (SARMAC IX) (27-29 June 2011, New York City, NY, USA)
Investigating eye movement patterns for sequential video VIPER line-ups (2011-06)
Hunter, Sue and Pike, Graham
In : 9th Conference of The Society for Applied Research in Memory & Cognition (SARMAC IX) (27-29 June 2011, New York City, NY, USA)
Improving the accuracy of visual and eyewitness evidence (2009-07-26)
Pike, Graham
In : The Eighth Biennial Conference of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (26-30 Jul 2009, Kyoto, Japan)
Can composite construction contaminate witness memory? (2009-07-26)
Turner, Jim; Briggs, Gemma; Pike, Graham and Brace, Nicola
In : The 8th Biennial Conference of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (26-30 July 2009, Kyoto, Japan)
Change blindness during an identification parade (2009-07-26)
Brace, Nicola; Pike, Graham; Turner, Jim and Briggs, Gemma
In : The 8th Biennial Conference of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (26-30 Jul 2009, Kyoto, Japan)
Comparing types of sequential lineups (2009-07-26)
Pike, Graham; Brace, Nicola; Briggs, Gemma and Turner, Jim
In : The 8th Biennial Conference of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (26-30 Jul 2009, Kyoto, Japan)
The visual identification of suspects: procedures and practice (2002-03)
Pike, Graham and Brace, Nicola
A Publication of the Policing and Reducing Crime Unit, Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate.