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Professor Graham Pike

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Professor of Forensic Cognition
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Psychology
  • 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

Are you talking to me? How identity is constructed on police-owned Facebook sites (2018)
Walkington, Zoe; Pike, Graham; Strathie, Ailsa; Havard, Catriona; Ness, Hayley and Harrison, Virginia
Narrative Inquiry ((In Press))
Circling Around the Uncanny Valley: Design Principles for Research Into the Relation Between Human Likeness and Eeriness (2016-12-01)
Lay, Stephanie; Brace, Nicola; Pike, Graham and Pollick, Frank
i-Perception, 7(6) (pp. 1-11)
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)
Are two views better than one? Investigating three-quarter view facial composites (2015)
Ness, Hayley; Hancock, Peter J.B.; Bowie, Leslie; Bruce, Vicki and Pike, Graham
Journal of Forensic Practice, 17(4) (pp. 291-306)
Working therapeutically in forensic settings (2017-06-02)
Vossler, Andreas; Havard, Catriona; Barker, Meg-John; Pike, Graham; Raabe, Bianca and Walkington, Zoe
In: Vossler, Andreas; Havard, Catriona; Pike, Graham; Barker, Meg-John and Raabe, Bianca eds. Mad or Bad? A Critical Approach to Counselling and Forensic Psychology (pp. 9-22)
ISBN : 978-1-4739-6351-1 | Publisher : Sage
Prevention (2017)
Wager, Nadia and Pike, Graham
In: Vossler, Andreas; Havard, Catriona; Pike, Graham; Barker, Meg-John and Raabe, Bianca eds. Mad or Bad? A Critical Approach to Counselling and Forensic Psychology (pp. 297-310)
ISBN : 978-1-4739-6351-1 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London
The Challenges of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) (2018)
Pike, Graham and Gore, Hannah
In: Baxter, Jacqueline; Callaghan, George and McAvoy, Jean eds. Creativity and Critique in Online Learning: Exploring and Examining Innovations in Online Pedagogy ((In Press))
ISBN : 978-3-319-78297-3 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan
Identification Evidence (2018-05-31)
Pike, Graham and Clark, Clifford
In: Griffiths, Andy and Milne, Rebecca eds. The Psychology of Criminal Investigation: From Theory to Practice. Issues in Forensic Psychology
ISBN : 9781138639416 | Publisher : Routledge
Forensic Psychology (2019-04)
Pike, Graham
In: McLaughlin, Eugene and Muncie, John eds. The Sage Dictionary of Criminology (4th Edition)
Publisher : Sage
Mad or Bad? A Critical Approach to Counselling and Forensic Psychology (2017-06-02)
Vossler, Andreas; Havard, Catriona; Pike, Graham; Barker, Meg-John and Raabe, Bianca eds.
ISBN : 9781473963511 | Publisher : Sage
Public and police perceptions of policing ethics (2018-03-01)
Pike, Graham; Westmarland, Louise; Conway, Steve and Rowe, Michael
In : 2018 Conference of the Society of Evidence Based Policing (1-2 Mar 2018)
The use of Facebook in creating police identity (2018-03-01)
Walkington, Zoe; Pike, Graham; Strathie, Ailsa; Havard, Catriona; Ness, Hayley and Harrison, Virginia
In : 2018 Conference of the Society of Evidence Based Policing (1-2 Mar 2018)
How to develop evidence based practice to support witnesses on the autistic spectrum (ASD) when they give evidence (2018-03-01)
Lali, Dionysia; Pike, Graham and Ness, Hayley
In : 2018 Conference of the Society of Evidence Based Policing (1-2 Mar 2018)
Testing the weapon focus effect: change blindness and eyewitness identification (2016)
Briggs, Gemma; Turner, Jim and Pike, Graham
In : European Association of Psychology and Law Conference (EAPL 2016) (5-8 Jul 2016, Toulouse, France)
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 Aug 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 Jun 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 Jun 2011, New York City, NY, USA)
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)
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)
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)
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 Jul 2009, Kyoto, Japan)
Interference effects from feature and PCA compositing procedures: Does composite construction interfere with eyewitness identification? (2007-07)
Turner, Jim; Pike, Graham and Brace, Nicola
In : Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition conference 2007 (SARMAC 2007) (25-29 Jul 2007., Lewiston-Auburn, Maine, USA.)
Applying memory and cognition to facial compositing: Is eyewitness memory still the key problem? (2007-07)
Brace, Nicola; Pike, Graham and Turner, Jim
In : Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition conference 2007 (SARMAC 2007) (25-29 Jul 2007, Lewiston-Auburn, Maine, USA.)
Do PCA compositing systems make better use of witness cognition than traditional systems? (2005-01)
Brace, Nicola; Pike, Graham; Turner, Jim and Kynan, Sally
In : Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition conference 2005 (SARMAC 2005) (5-8 Jan 2005, Wellington, New Zealand)
Comparing two PCA compositing interfaces: Is it better to limit or encourage witness interaction? (2005-01)
Pike, Graham; Brace, Nicola; Kynan, Sally and Turner, Jim
In : Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition conference 2005 (SARMAC 2005) (5-8 Jan 2005, Wellington, New Zealand)
Do array-based composite construction systems interfere with witness recognition memory? (2005-01)
Turner, Jim; Pike, Graham; Kynan, Sally and Brace, Nicola
In : Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition conference 2005 (SARMAC 2005) (5-8 Jan 2005, Wellington, New Zealand)
The eyes have it: Feature saliency and facial composite construction (2001-06)
Turner, Jim; Pike, Graham; Brace, Nicola and Kemp, Richard
In : European Association of Psychology and Law conference 2001 (EAPL 2001) (Jun 2001, Lisbon, Portugal)
Applying perceptual research to E-FIT construction: A minimal face experiment (2000-04)
Turner, Jim; Pike, Graham; Kemp, Richard and Brace, Nicola
In : European Association of Psychology and Law conference 2000 (EAPL 2000) (Apr 2000, Limassol, Cyprus)
Applying perceptual research to E-FIT construction (1999-07)
Turner, Jim; Bennett, Peter; Pike, Graham; Brace, Nicola and Kemp, Richard
In : European Association of Psychology and Law conference 1999 (EAPL 1999) (Jul 1999, Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
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.

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