Professor Wells has research interests in social and cognitive psychology, especially as social and cognitive psychology relate to the interface of psychology and law. Most of his work in recent years has been directed at eyewitness testimony with an emphasis on how to improve the accuracy of such testimony. Wells is Distinguished Professor at Iowa State University and also is Director of Social Sciences for the Institute of Forensic Science and Public Policy in Greensboro, North Carolina. Wells is the recipient of the Distinguished Contributions to Psychology and Law Award from the American Psychology-Law Society.
- Applied Social Psychology
- Judgment and Decision Making
- Law and Public Policy
- Social Cognition
Research Group or Laboratory:
- Eyewitness Laboratory
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- Bradfield, A. L., & Wells, G. L. (2005). Not the same old hindsight bias: Outcome information distorts a broad range of retrospective judgments. Memory and Cognition, 33, 120-130.
- Wells, G. L. (2006). Eyewitness identification: Systemic reforms. Wisconsin Law Review, 615-643.
- Wells, G. L., & Bradfield, A. L. (1999). Distortions in eyewitnesses' recollections: Can the postidentification-feedback effect be moderated? Psychological Science, 10, 138-144.
- Wells, G. L., Charman, S. D., & Olson, E. A. (2005). Building face composites can harm lineup identification performance. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 11, 147-157.
- Wells, G. L., & Hasel, L. E. (2007). Facial composite production by eyewitnesses. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 16, 6-16.
- Wells, G. L., Malpass, R. S., Lindsay, R. C. L., Fisher, R. P., Turtle, J. W., & Fulero, S. (2000). From the lab to the police station: A successful application of eyewitness research. American Psychologist, 55, 581-598.
- Wells, G. L., Memon, A., & Penrod, S. (2007). Eyewitness evidence: Improving its probative value. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 7, 45-75.
- Wells, G. L., & Olson, E. (2003). Eyewitness testimony. Annual Review of Psychology, 54, 277-295.
- Wells, G. L., & Olson, E. (2002). Eyewitness identification: Information gain from incriminating and exonerating behaviors. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 8, 155-167.
- Wells, G. L., Olson, E., & Charman, S. (2002). The confidence of eyewitnesses in their identifications from lineups. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 11, 151-154.
- Wells, G. L., Small, M., Penrod, S. J., Malpass, R. S., Fulero, S. M., & Brimacombe, C. A. E. (1998). Eyewitness identification procedures: Recommendations for lineups and photospreads. Law and Human Behavior, 22, 603-647.
- Wells, G. L., & Windschitl, P. D. (1999). Stimulus sampling and social psychological experimentation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 25, 1115-1125.
- Windschitl, P. D., & Wells, G. L. (1998). The alternative-outcomes effect. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 75, 1411-1423.
- Wells, G. L., & Hasel, L. E. (2008). Eyewitness identification: Issues in common knowledge and generalization. In E. Borgida and S. T. Fiske (Eds.) Beyond common sense: Psychological science in the courtroom (pp. 159-176). Malden, MA: Blackwell.
- Wells, G. L., & Loftus, E. F. (2003). Eyewitness memory for people and events. In A. Goldstein (Ed.), Comprehensive handbook of psychology: Volume 11 (Forensic psychology). New York: John Wiley and Sons.
- Individual and Social Behavior
- Introduction to Social Psychology
- Introductory Psychology
- Judgment and Decision Making Processes
- Psychology and Law
- Research Methods in Social Psychology
- Social Cognition
- Social Psychology
Gary L. Wells
Department of Psychology
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011
- Phone: (515) 294-6033
- Fax: (515) 294-6424