Dr. Kate Houston

Department Social Sciences

Texas A&M International University

Laredo

Texas, 78041

U.S.A

Email: Kate.Houston@tamiu.edu

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Kate Houston, PhD

                  Research

Best Practice for Investigative Interviews  

My research in this area focuses on best practice recommendations for investigative interviews.  This research is primarily investigating those techniques which have the potential to both minimize false information provision/false confessions while maximizing true and useful information gain (so-called ‘guilty knowledge’).  This research focuses on the use of social influence/persuasion techniques, information-gathering styles of interviewing, the development and maintenance of rapport, as well as the language and culture of the interviewee. 

The Role of Emotions in Eyewitness Memory

My PhD research consisted of a series of experiments investigating the possible role of anger in eyewitness memory accuracy and completeness.  A line of research investigating the possible effects of an individual emotion on memory is a departure from the literature which has previously investigated the role of ‘emotion’ in memory, with the most delineated definition being ‘positive and negative emotion’. 

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Eyewitness Identification Errors

During the course of my research investigating eyewitness identification evidence I found that familiarity and, more importantly, the context that a face is encountered in at the time of the identification, play a large role in whether the eyewitness is likely to make an accurate decision.