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Dr Camilla Elphick

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  • Research Staff
  • Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Psychology
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Psychology
  • Psychology
  • camilla.elphick

Professional biography

I have a phd in psychology from the University of Sussex, where I investigated pupillary responses to faces as a measure of implicit recognition in police lineups, supervised by Graham Hole. We found that pupillary responses were different when looking at a previously-seen face than novel faces in a lineup, and that they occurred independently of the conscious identification response given. This novel method was developed as a means to improving eyewitness identification procedures, by bypassing conscious identification decisions.

I am currently a post doctoral research associate in psychology at the Open University, where I work closely with Graham PikeCatriona HavardAilsa StrathieZoe Walkington and Lara Frumkin for a citizen forensics project. This aims to improve communications between citizens and institutions (e.g. police). 

I am also employed as a researcher for an AI reporting tool called Spot, which is freely available for people to report workplace harassment and discrimination they have experienced or seen. In this capacity, I work with Julia Shaw and Rashid Minhas.

I have been involved in work by Graham Hole and Gemma Briggs, which addresses the dangers of driving while talking on mobile phones. 

I am also dedicated to launching the first psychological research into Wiedermann-Steiner Syndrome, which has only recently been genetically identified. In this field, I am involved in a new research project with Nicola Yuill and Jessica Marshall at The University of Sussex Chatlab.

My research interests thus lie mainly in the application of psychology to make positive changes to 'real world' issues.

Research interests

Conferences:

June 2019: Presentation at SARMAC, Cape Cod, USA. 

  • Spot On: A Harassment Reporting Chatbot that Protects Evidence Using Artificial Intelligence and a Cognitive Interview 

Aug 2018: Presentation at the BPS Annual Cognitive Conference, Liverpool. 

  • You can believe your eyes: measuring implicit recognition in a lineup with pupillometry.
  • Getting something extra out of introverts: Reporting harassment to a CI chatbot

June 2017: Division of Forensic Psychology Annual Conference, poster presentation: 

  • Pupillometry and Credibility: Distinguishing between recognition and no recognition in eyewitnesses who make no identification.

May 2017: Presentation at BPS Annual Cognitive Conference, Brighton. 

  • Can we identify eyewitness identification? Pupil size: A measure of recognition in target present lineups.

Sept 2016: Presentation at BPS Annual Cognitive Conference, Barcelona. 

  • Pupil size: A measure of identification accuracy in a simultaneous lineup.

Publications:

Elphick C., Pike, G., & Hole, G. (published). You Can Believe Your Eyes: Measuring Implicit Recognition in a Lineup with Pupillometry. Psychology, Crime and Law.

Elphick C., Minhas, R., Shaw J. (under review). Dark Figures: A systematic review of the research on the reporting of workplace harassment. European Journal of Work and Organisational Psychology

Minhas, R., Elphick C., & Shaw J. (under review). Protecting Victim and Witness Statement: Examining the Effectiveness of a Chatbot that uses Artificial Intelligence and a Cognitive Interview. Psychology, Crime and Law.

Shaw J. & Elphick C. (19th March, 2018) In the metoo era, a chatbot can help people report workplace harassment. The Conversation.

Shaw J., Minhas, R., & Elphick, C. (19th March, 2018) Written Submission to the Women and Equalities Committee Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in the Workplace.

Hole, G., Elphick, C., & Briggs, G. (2018) Policy Brief: Think talking on your hands-free while driving is safe? Think again.

Hole G., Elphick, C., & Briggs, G. (2018) Policy Document: Tackling the dangers of using hands-free mobiles while driving.

Teaching interests

The University of Sussex

2015, 2016, 2017 Associate tutor: 

  • Research Skills in Psychology One.
  • Research Skills in Psychology Two.

​2017 Guest lecturer: 

Psychology of Forensic Investigation and Analysis

  • Problems with eyewitness testimony
  • Face composite systems

Supervision

2016 Support for JRA candidate (Maddie Atkinson – a pupillary lineup study)

2017 3rd Year Undergraduate Co-supervision (Gabriel Rossillon – a face processing study using pupillometry)

Supervision of volunteer research assistant (Rachael Chivers – a pupillary lineup study)

2019 Supervision for JRA (Jessica Marshall – for research into Wiedermann-Steiner Syndrome)

University of West London

2019 Guest lecturer: 

  • Interactive Memory Workshop.

 

Impact and engagement

June 2019: Expert on panel at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, for Virtual Human Rights Lawyer (VHRL) Expert Panel on Human Rights App and Community Testing

May 2019: Presentation at a conference and training event: Developments in Facial Identification in Eyewitness Testimony

  • Measuring recognition in lineups with pupillometry.

March 2019: Guest lecturer, University of West London:

  • Interactive Memory Workshop.

Jan 2019: Webinar.

  • Overcoming barriers to reporting harassment & discrimination: How AI can augment HR.

Oct 2018: Presentation at Intelligent Futures: Automation, AI and Cognitive Ecologies, University of Sussex: 

  • Artificial Intelligence for Good: Improving harassment reporting with a chatbot called Spot.

Oct  2018: UNLEASH, 8th Annual World Conference and Expo, The Future of Work and HR Tech. Amsterdam. 

July 2018: Presentation at LGBT STEM day, University of Sussex: 

  • Can AI help LGBTQ+ people report workplace harassment safely and effectively?

May 2018: Presentation at Get Psyched with US, University of Sussex: 

  • Is it possible to measure an eyewitness’s credibility?

Nov 2016: Presentation at the Crime Research Centre, University of Sussex. 

  • Face recognition and Police identification procedures.
 

Publications

You can Believe your Eyes: Measuring Implicit Recognition in a Lineup with Pupillometry. (2019)
Elphick, Camilla; Pike, Graham and Hole, Graham
Psychology, Crime and Law ((Early Access))

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