Senior Lecturer

Division: Psychology, Sociology and Education

Tel: 0131 474 0000

Dr Jamal K. Mansour (BSc (Hons), BA, MA, PhD, CPsychol, FHEA) is a Senior Lecturer in the Psychology and Sociology Division. She is also a full member of the Centre for Applied Social Science and the Memory Research Group. For information about her research see the Mansour Lab web page.

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

I joined Queen Margaret University 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), Division 2 Society for Teaching of Psychology (STP), Division 8 Personality and Social Psychology, Division 41 American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS), Association in Defense of the Wrongfully Convicted (AIDWYC), British Psychological Society – Division of Forensic Psychology (BPS); European Association for Psychology and Law (EAPL); Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR), Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC), Southeast Eyewitness Network (SEEN), Society for Evidence-Based Policing (SEBP)

 

Professional social media:

 

Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:

  • Full member of Centre for Applied Social Sciences
  • Memory Research Group

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. Please check out my lab web page: https://www.qmu.ac.uk/schools-and-divisions/psychology-and-sociology/mansour-lab/

 

Specific issues that I study include:

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

 

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? How does witnessing a perpetrator wearing a disguise affect how willing an eyewitness is to choose someone from a photo lineup?

 

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, lineup construction, weapon focus effect, lineup fairness)

 

Secondary - Development of familiarity with faces, friendly fire

 

Research Methods: Quantitative approaches, including experiments, surveys, think alouds, eye tracking.

 

 

Please see my research publications in eResearch – Queen Margaret University’s repository

Research Grants:

 

American Psychology-Law Society Grants in Aid for Early Career Professionals - The relationship between memory quality, lineup procedures, decision processes, and identification accuracy - 2017- 2019 - $5,000 USD - Principal Investigator

 

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council; SFU Institutional Grant-Small - Using eye tracking to understand the role of foils in lineup identifications - 2012 – 2015 - $11,899 CAD – Principal Investigator(with J.D. Read, Simon Fraser University)

 

Teaching & Learning Grants:

Teaching and Learning Development Grant - Facilitating active learning in an experimental psychology and law class - 2012 – 2013 - $3,000 CAD - Principal Investigator

 

Undergraduate Teaching:

  • X4071 Eyewitness Psychology
  • X3029 Cognitive Psychology
  • X2028 Psychological Literacy
  • X2027 Biological & Cognitive Psychology (Cognitive only)

Supervision of student projects for X3049 Quantitative Psychology and X4005 Psychology Research Project

 

I also supervise postgraduate students and students interested in gaining research experience as volunteer research assistants.