2016 Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference, April 23, 2016, Augsburg College

This conference was funded in part by a grant from Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology.

Planning to attend or present at MUPC 2016?

Registration is closed, but students interested in attending the conference without presenting may be able to do so by contacting Dr. David Matz at Augsburg College!

Formatting requirements for posters and powerpoints are available here!

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Wondering when you are presenting? Looking for details about the conference? It is all there in The Schedule for MUPC 2016.

Highlights of MUPC 2016

Registration: 8:00 AM
(Oren Gateway Center (OGC) Lobby)

Poster/Paper Session I: 8:30-9:30 AM

Poster/Paper Session II: 9:35-10:35 AM

Keynote Address: 10:45 AM-12:00 PM
Dr. Gary Wells: A Recipe for Eyewitness Identification Error and Conviction of the Innocent

Lunch Break: 12:15-1:15 PM

Poster/Paper Session III: 1:20-2:20 PM

Poster/Paper Session IV: 2:25-3:25 PM

The MUPC 2016 Keynote:

A Recipe for Eyewitness Identification Error and Conviction of the Innocent

Mistaken eyewitness identification is a leading cause of convictions of the innocent. Research on eyewitness identification shows that some combinations of factors can almost guarantee confident mistaken identifications by eyewitnesses. These combinations are described as a "recipe" for convictions of the innocent. The role of the legal system itself in mixing such a recipe is described and contrasted with a better recipe, one that minimizes these errors.

Gary L. Wells, Ph.D., Iowa State University

Gary L. Wells received his Ph.D. in psychology from Ohio State University in 1977. Currently, he is Professor of Psychology at Iowa State University and holds the title of Distinguished Professor and the Stavish Chair in the Social Sciences. He is an internationally recognized scholar in scientific psychology and his studies of eyewitness memory are widely known and cited. Wells has authored over 200 articles and chapters and two books. Most of this work has been focused on the reliability of eyewitness identification. He has received more than $3million in funding from the National Science Foundation for his research on eyewitness identification and his findings have been incorporated into standard textbooks in psychology and in law. His works have appeared in some of the most prestigious journals in psychology, including Psychological Bulletin, American Psychologist, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, Psychological Science, Current Directions in Psychological Science, Annual Review of Psychology, and the Journal of Applied Psychology, among others. His research-based proposals on lineup procedures, such as his idea of double-blind lineups, are being increasingly accepted in law enforcement practices across the U.S. His conclusions about eyewitness identification have received national media attention in such places as Time magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Wired Magazine, Discover Magazine, Atlantic, The New Yorker, and the New York Times. He has made appearances on the CBS show 48 Hours, the NBC World News Tonight, Oprah, CNN, Court TV, the NBC Today Show, Rock Center, and 60 Minutes, among others. He was a founding member of the U.S. Department of Justice group that developed the first set of national guidelines for eyewitness evidence and co-chaired the panel that wrote the Justice Department training manual for law enforcement on eyewitness identification evidence. Wells has worked with prosecutors and police across the U.S. to reform eyewitness identification procedures. Wells is a past President of the American Psychology-Law Society and has received Distinguished Contribution awards from the American Psychology-Law Society and a Presidential Citation Award from the American Psychological Association. In 2008 Wells was awarded an honorary doctorate from the City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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