Division: Psychology and Sociology

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Dr Jamal K. Mansour (BSc (Hons), BA, MA, PhD, (CPsychol), Fellow (Higher Education Academy) is a Lecturer in the Psychology and Sociology Division. She is also a Full member of Centre for Applied Social Sciences.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Research Publications
  • Funded Projects
  • Teaching & Learning

I joined Queen Margaret University as a Lecturer in Psychology in 2013 after three years as an Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, Canada) in their Forensic Psychology area. I completed my MA (Social psychology) and PhD (Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science) at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. My research concerns memory and decision making about faces, particularly with respect to eyewitness identification. I teach modules at all levels of the undergraduate degree on topics concerning memory, social influence, and experimental forensic psychology. I also supervise undergraduate and doctoral students as well as volunteer research assistants in areas relevant to my research.

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

American Psychological Association (Membership ID 25350670): Division 1 (General; since 2015), Division 2 Society for Teaching of Psychology (STP, since 2010), Division 8 Personality and Social Psychology (since 2015), Division 41 American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS; since 2004), Association in Defense of the Wrongfully Convicted (AIDWYC, since 2011), British Psychological Society – Division of Forensic Psychology (BPS, since 2013); European Association for Psychology and Law (EAPL, since 2014); Innocence Network UK (INUK, since 2013), Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR, since 2013), Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC, Membership ID 01235; since 2006), Southeast Eyewitness Network (SEEN, since 2013), Society for Evidence-Based Policing (SEBP, since 2015)

Professional social media:

Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:

I am interested in how people make recognition decisions about faces. I explore this issue with experiments using quasi-naturalistic settings as well as using basic face recognition paradigms.

Specific issues that I study include:

The internal cognitive process involved in lineup decisions. For example, how do a witness’ thoughts and believes about their memory for a perpetrator and their role as an eyewitness influence their lineup decision?

The effect of encoding conditions on face recognition. For example, how does witnessing a perpetrator wearing a disguise affect how willing an eyewitness is to choose someone from a photo lineup? How do we build up sufficient familiarity with a face to identify it later? 

The influence of social and cognitive factors on lineup decisions. For example, what should police officers do when preparing a lineup for a suspect who has a tattoo? How can we ensure a lineup is fair to both the suspect and the witness?


Active research interests:

Primary – Eyewitness Identification

Strategies used to make lineup decisions and the implications of these for theory and practice

Disguised perpetrators

Suspects with tattoos

Selection of lineup members (lineup construction)

Presentation of lineups

Impact of weapons on memory for perpetrators and events

Assessing the fairness of lineups



Development of familiarity with faces, including super-recognisers

Deception detection/Investigative interviewing

Friendly fire


Research Methods:

Quantitative approaches, including experiments, surveys, eye tracking.

Other funding:

Centre for Applied Social Sciences Research/Knowledge Exchange Funding     

Project Title: Identifying the limits of the weapon focus effect     

Type: Operating Grant     

Grant Period: 04/2016-07/2016     

Total: £805 GBP     

Involvement: Principal Investigator 


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council; SFU Institutional Grant-Small

Project Title: Using eye tracking to understand the role of foils in lineup identifications

Type: Operating Grant

Grant Period: 2012 - 2015

Total: $11,899 CDA

Involvement: Principal Investigator (with J.D. Read, Simon Fraser University)


Teaching and Learning Development Grant     

Project Title: Facilitating active learning in an experimental psychology and law class     

Type: Development Grant      

Grant Period: 2012 – 2013     

Total: $3000 CDA     

Involvement: Principal Investigator

My teaching focuses on topics in forensic psychology, cognitive psychology, and skills relating to psychological literacy and research.



  • X4061 Eyewitness Psychology
  • X4036 Contemporary Issues in Psychology
  • X4005 Research Project in Psychology
  • X3050 Research Proposal
  • X3048 Literature Review
  • X3029 Cognitive Psychology
  • X2032 – Individual Differences & Historical Perspectives in Psychology
  • X2028 Psychological Literacy
  • X2027 Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • X1025 Introduction to Psychology 2