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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(7), 557–558. Reviews the book, The Psychology of Person Identification by Brian R. Clifford and Ray Bull (1978). Authors have surveyed the literature on person identification from Binet's original work on visual memory for pictures to the more recent studies on person identification through the use of hypnosis to revivify memory. The authors state a threefold purpose: “to educate the public in the matter of person identification; to inform the judiciary of the factors that need to be weighed if the scales of justice are to be stabilized initially; and finally to crystallize and point to future research areas”. Authors have done a thorough, highly commendable job in selecting, describing, and organizing the disparate studies in a field that did not exist when many of these studies were conducted. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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