Gary Wells
gary wells

distinguished professor
psychology


An eyewitness to change.

Gary Wells is making a difference. A difference in the way law enforcement agencies view eyewitness identification. "Eyewitness identification is highly unreliable, but it's so very persuasive. Research however has documented through scientific experiments that problems can exist in eyewitness identification and how we can make eyewitness identification more reliable."

Gary is credited with developing the dominant theory of how mistaken identifications occur, as well as testing and promoting procedures for conducing police lineups. He helped develop the first set of national guidelines for police on eyewitness evidence. Gary's research has shown that the reliability of eyewitness identifications of criminal suspects from lineups is influenced by the methods used to construct and conduct the lineups.