Dr Donna Taylor

Senior Lecturer

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115 New Cavendish Street London W1W 6UW
Tuesdays 1.30-3.30pm

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When a serious crime is committed eyewitnesses/victims may be required to assist a police investigation by helping construct a facial composite. This is a visual representation of the perpetrator's face which can be used by the police to help generate leads in cases where there is no suspect readily apparent. Research to date has concentrated on 'system' variables, such as the comparison between different composite building systems and the ways in which they are implemented. Several facial composite systems and methods have been used by police forces each with limited success, and a considerable amount of research has been conducted with these systems in an attempt to modify and improve them.

Although computerised facial compositing systems address many of the technical problems associated with earlier systems, there are presently large individual differences in the likeness (to perpetrator) quality of facial composites produced by eyewitnesses. I am researching individual differences in cognitive style (verbaliser/visualiser and wholist/analytic) and how these may possibly relate to the task of face recall and facial composite construction. In addition to this, I am manipulating cognitive processing using the Navon task (Navon, 1977) prior to face encoding and preceding the face recall task to investigate whether there may be a common procedure which could be used by all eyewitnesses to facilitate the task of face recall.

2018

Eyewitness Memory in Face-to-Face and Immersive Avatar-to-Avatar Contexts (2018)
Taylor, D.A. and Dando, C.J. 2018. Eyewitness Memory in Face-to-Face and Immersive Avatar-to-Avatar Contexts. Frontiers in Psychology. 9 (507).
'Spontaneous' Visual Perspective-Taking Mediated by Attention Orienting that is Voluntary and not Reflexive (2018)
Gardner, M., Taylor, D.A., Hull, Z. and Edmonds, C.J. 2018. 'Spontaneous' Visual Perspective-Taking Mediated by Attention Orienting that is Voluntary and not Reflexive. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 71 (4), pp. 1020-1029.

2015

The Breast Size Rating Scale: Development and psychometric evaluation (2015)
Swami, V., Cavelti, S., Taylor, D.A. and Tovee, M.J. 2015. The Breast Size Rating Scale: Development and psychometric evaluation. Body Image. 14, pp. 29-38.

2014

Is the hijab protective? An investigation of body image and related constructs among British Muslim women (2014)
Swami, V., Miah, J., Noorani, N. and Taylor, D.A. 2014. Is the hijab protective? An investigation of body image and related constructs among British Muslim women. British Journal of Psychology. 105 (3), pp. 352-363.

2013

Metalheads: the influence of personality and individual differences on preference for heavy metal (2013)
Swami, V., Malpass, F., Havard, D., Benford, K., Costescu, A., Sofitiki, A. and Taylor, D.A. 2013. Metalheads: the influence of personality and individual differences on preference for heavy metal. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. 7 (4), pp. 377-383.
Weight discrepancy and body appreciation among women in Poland and Britain (2013)
Taylor, D.A., Szpakowska, I. and Swami, V. 2013. Weight discrepancy and body appreciation among women in Poland and Britain. Body Image. 10 (4), pp. 628-631.
Social dominance orientation predicts drive for muscularity among British men (2013)
Swami, V., Neofytou, R.V., Jablonska, J., Thirlwell, H., Taylor, D.A. and McCreary, D.R. 2013. Social dominance orientation predicts drive for muscularity among British men. Body Image. 10 (4), pp. 653-656.

2009

Suicides by foreign national prisoners in England and Wales 2007: mental health and cultural issues (2009)
Borrill, J. and Taylor, D.A. 2009. Suicides by foreign national prisoners in England and Wales 2007: mental health and cultural issues. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology. 20 (6), pp. 886-905.

2017

Cognition in context: A comparison of eyewitness retrieval in face-to-face, remote avatar mediated, and asynchronous vocal smartphone interviews (2017)
Taylor, D.A. and Dando, C.J. 2017. Cognition in context: A comparison of eyewitness retrieval in face-to-face, remote avatar mediated, and asynchronous vocal smartphone interviews. International Investigative Interviewing Research Group Conference (iIIRG). Monterey, California 05 - 07 Jul 2017
Cognition in context: A comparison of eyewitness retrieval in face-to-face and remote avatar mediated interviews (2017)
Taylor, D.A. and Dando, C.J. 2017. Cognition in context: A comparison of eyewitness retrieval in face-to-face and remote avatar mediated interviews . EAPL. Brussels 29 - 31 May 2017

2016

An integrated psychology virtual research ethics committee (2016)
Boubert, L. and Taylor, D.A. 2016. An integrated psychology virtual research ethics committee. EDULEARN16. Barcelona 04 - 06 Jul 2016 IATED Academy.

2008

Review of suicides by foreign national prisoners (2008)
Borrill, J., Taylor, D.A. and Nooney, K. 2008. Review of suicides by foreign national prisoners. 12th European Symposium on Suicide & Suicidal Behaviour. Glasgow 27 - 30 Aug 2008

2012

Featural and holistic processing in facial composite construction: the role of cognitive style and processing sets (2012)
Taylor, D.A. 2012. Featural and holistic processing in facial composite construction: the role of cognitive style and processing sets. PhD thesis University of Westminster School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages

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