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Prof Graham Pike

Prof Graham Pike
Faculty of Social Sciences
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
United Kingdom

Professor of Forensic Cognition



BA(HONS) Social Sciences
PhD Psychology

Professional affiliations

Chartered member of The British Psychological Society
Chartered member of The Science Council
The European Association of Psychology and Law
Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition

Course development and teaching

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:

BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies (Q48)
MSc in Forensic Psychology and Criminology (F49)
Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Psychological Studies (E34)

I am part of the production team for the following modules:

Discovering psychology (DSE141)
Forensic psychology: crime, offenders and policing (D872)
Forensic psychology: witnesses, experts and evidence on trial (D873)

I have also been a member of the production and presentation teams for the following modules:

Exploring Psychology (DSE212)
Exploring Psychology: Online Project (DZX222)
Exploring  Psychology: Project (DXR222)
Applying Psychology (DSE232)
Cognitive Psychology (DD303)

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. This has involved working with the West Yorkshire Police to develop the VIPER video identification parade system and with Visionmetric ltd to develop the EFIT-V system.

I am a founding member of the International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR), which is one of the six Open University centres of research excellence, and part of the centre's Forensic Psychology Research Group where I work closely with Dr Nicky Brace, Dr Hayley Ness, Dr Gemma Rogers and Dr Jim Turner.

Recent publications

A selection of my research publications can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.

Brace, N.A, Pike, G.E., Kemp, R.I. and Turner, J. (2009) Eyewitness identification procedures and stress: a comparison of live and video identification procedures. International Journal of Police Science & Management, 11, 2, 183-192

Turner, J., Brace, N.A., Motzkau, J.F., Briggs, G. and Pike, G.E. (2009) Forensic Psychology: Crime, Offending and Policing. Pearson

Motzkau, J.F., Pike, G.E., Briggs, G., Brace, N.A. and Turner, J. (2009) Forensic Psychology: Witnesses, Experts and Evidence on Trial. Wiley

Brace, N.A, Pike, G.E., and Turner, J. (2008) Holistic facial composite systems: Are they compatible with witness recall? International Journal of Cognitive Technology, 13,2, 30-41

Paine, C.B., Pike, G.E., Brace, N.A. and Westcott, H.L. (2008) Children Making Faces: The Effect of age and Prompts on Children’s Facial Composites of Unfamiliar Faces. Applied Cognitive Psychology, DOI 10.1002/acp.1374

Pike, G.E., Brace, N.A., Turner, J. & Kynan, S. (2007) Making faces with computers: Witness cognition and technology. In I.E. Dror (Ed.) (2007). Cognitive Technologies and the Pragmatics of Cognition . John Benjamin Press. Amsterdam. ISBN-10: 902722242.

Groome, D., Brace, N., Edgar, H., Esgate, A., Pike, G., Stafford, T., Kemp, R., Edgar, G.I. and Dewart, H. (2006). An Introduction to Cognitive Psychology: Processes and Disorders, 2nd Edition. London: Routledge. ISBN-10: 1841695440

Edgar, G., Edgar, H. and Pike, G. (2006) ‘Perception.’ In D.Groome (Ed.), An Introduction to Cognitive Psychology: Processes and Disorders, 2nd Edition. London: Routledge. ISBN-10: 1841695440.

Brace, N.A., Pike, G.E., Allen, P. and Kemp, R.I. (2006). Identifying composites of famous faces: Investigating memory, language and system issues. Psychology, Crime and Law, 12, 4, 351 – 366

Brace, N.A., Pike, G.E., Kemp, R.I., Turner, J. & Bennett, P. (2006) Does the presentation of multiple facial-composites improve suspect identification? Applied Cognitive Psychology, 20, 213-266

Pike, G. (2006) Developing and Testing the EigenFIT system: The witness perspective. Association of Chief Police Officers Conference, Manchester.

Pike, G.E., Brace, N.A., Turner, J. & Kynan, S. (2005) Making faces with computers: Witness cognition and technology. Pragmatics and Cognition, Special Issue: Cognition and Technology, 13, 3, 459-480. ISSN 0929-0907

Last updated: 1 October 2013