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Dr Nicky Brace

Profile summary

  • Visiting Informal Academic
  • Visitor (Pending Hon Associate status)
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Psychology
  • nicola.brace

Research interests

I research in applied cognitive/forensic psychology, mostly on face perception and recognition, eyewitness memory and suspect identification. Specific projects include the introduction of VIPER video identification parade system working with the West Yorkshire Police, and an evaluation of PCA-based facial composite construction software, the EFIT-V system, with Visionmetric Ltd. I am generally interested in research that has policy implications and/or aims to improve police investigations.

I am a founding member of the International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR) and part of the centre's Forensic Cognition Research Group where I work closely with Prof Graham Pike, Dr Hayley Ness, Dr Jim Turner, Dr Gemma Briggs, Dr Catriona Harvard, Dr Virginia Harrison and Dr Helen Kaye.

Brace, N. (2012). Thinking. Chapter 8 in An Introduction to Cognitive Psychology: Processes and Disorders, 3rdd Edition (Groome, D., Brace, N., Edgar, H., Edgar, G.I., A., Eysenck, M., Manly, T., Ness, H., Pike, G., Scott, S. and Styles, E.). Hove: Psychology Press.

Brace, N. (2012). Disorders of Thinking. Chapter 9 in An Introduction Cognitive Psychology: Processes and Disorders, 3rd Edition (Groome, D., Brace, N., Edgar, H., Edgar, G.I., A., Eysenck, M., Manly, T., Ness, H., Pike, G., Scott, S. and Styles, E.. Hove: Psychology Press.

Pike, G. and Brace, N. (2012). Recognition. Chapter 4 in Cognitive Psychology, (Eds N. Braisby and A. Gellatly), 2nd Edition, Oxford University Press.

Brace, N., Kemp, R. and Snelgar, R. (2012). SPSS for Psychologists: A Guide To Data Analysis, 5th Edition (revised and expanded). Palgrave.

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.

Brace, N., Kemp, R. and Snelgar, R. (2009). SPSS for Psychologists: A Guide To Data Analysis 4th Edition (revised and expanded). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780230594593.

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.

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.

Teaching interests

Since joining the university in 1999, I have worked on a wide range of courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Recently this has included being involved in the design of the following qualifications:

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

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

Exploring Psychology (DSE212)
Exploring Psychology: Project (DXR222)
Forensic psychology: crime, offenders and policing (D872)
Discovering psychology (DSE141)

and been part of the production team for the following modules:

Forensic psychology: witnesses, experts and evidence on trial (D873)
Cognitive Psychology (DD303)
Exploring Psychology: Online Project (DZX222)

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

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)
Exploring the Williams syndrome face-processing debate: the importance of building developmental trajectories (2004-10)
Karmiloff-Smith, Annette; Thomas, Michael; Annaz, Dagmara; Humphreys, Kate; Ewing, Sandra; Brace, Nicola; Van Duuren, Mike; Pike, Graham; Grice, Sarah and Campbell, Ruth
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 45(7) (pp. 1258-1274)
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)
Seeds of doubt: are children taught to be essentialists? (2003)
Lloyde, J.; Braisby, Nick and Brace, Nicola
In: Schmalhofer, Franz; Young, Richard M. and Katz, Graham eds. Proceedings of Eurocogsci 03: The European Cognitive Science Conference 2003
ISBN : 805850058 | Publisher : Lawrence Erlbaum Associates | Published : Mahwah, NJ, USA
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 July 2009, Kyoto, Japan)
Facing eyewitness identification problems: perceiving and remembering faces (2009-07-26)
Brace, Nicola
In : The Eighth Biennial Meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (26-30 Jul 2009, Kyoto, Japan)
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)
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)
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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