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Annelies Vredeveldt is an Associate Professor at the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology at VU University Amsterdam. She graduated summa cum laude from University College Utrecht in 2007 and won the University College Alumni Association Award for social involvement and academic excellence. She obtained her Masters degree in Psychology and Law from Maastricht University in 2008, where she received the Top 3% Award. She completed her Ph.D. thesis on the effects of eye-closure on eyewitness memory at the University of York in 2011, for which she received both the American Psychology-Law Society Dissertation Award (first place) and the British Psychological Society - Social Psychology Section PhD Award.

Vredeveldt is an expert in the area of memory in legal settings. Her research focuses mainly on eyewitness memory, investigative interviewing, police reports, cross-cultural testimony, face recognition and deception detection. She has obtained funding for her research from various sources, including an ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Council, a Branco Weiss Fellowship from the Society in Science in Switzerland, and grants from the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group in the United States and the Police and Science programme in the Netherlands. She has published about twenty peer-reviewed scientific articles, four books and six book chapters on legal psychological topics. Her work has been featured in international outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today and Life Hacker, and in major Dutch news outlets such as De Volkskrant, Algemeen Dagblad, Elsevier and NOS.

Vredeveldt regularly serves as an expert witness in criminal cases. She serves on advisory committees of the Netherlands Register of Court Experts, to establish standards and assess applications for registration as an expert witness in the field of Legal Psychology. She is also course coordinator of Project Reasonable Doubt, in which groups of students investigate the evidence in closed criminal cases.

Website: www.annelies.vredeveldt.com

Research

Annelies Vredeveldt conducts research on eyewitness memory and investigative interviewing.

One of her current projects involves the consequences of discussion between eyewitnesses about a witnessed event. Previous research shows that discussion between witnesses can have negative consequences (for example, witnesses can contaminate each other’s memory), but did not examine whether witnesses can also help each other to retrieve memories, for example through a process known as cross-cuing. Vredeveldt’s Branco Weiss Fellowship project is designed to examine the situations in which this may happen.

Vredeveldt has recently obtained an ERC Starting Grant for research on eyewitness memory in cross-cultural contexts. She will appoint two postdocs and two PhD students to investigate this question in different contexts, from South African police interviews to Rwandan genocide cases to eyewitness experiments with asylum seekers.

Education

Annelies Vredeveldt is course coordinator of the Masters course Project Reasonable Doubt. She coordinates all supervisors and serves as a supervisor herself. She instructs and advises teams of 8-12 students investigating selected criminal cases. Past investigations have contributed to the re-opening of closed cases.

For the new Bachelor Law and Society that kicks off in September 2019, Vredeveldt will develop and coordinate a course on Psychology.

Ancillary activities

  • Nederlands Register Gerechtelijk Deskundigen | Utrecht | Adviseur | 2017-04-25 - present

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Research Output 2011 2019

The effect of facial composite construction on eyewitness identification accuracy in an ecologically valid paradigm.

Pike, G. E., Brace, N. A., Turner, J. & Vredeveldt, A., 1 Feb 2019, In : Criminal Justice and Behavior. 46, 2, p. 319-336 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Crime
paradigm
experiment
offense
Aptitude

The Recovered Memory Debate Continues in Europe: Evidence From the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, and Germany

Shaw, J. & Vredeveldt, A., 1 Jan 2019, In : Clinical Psychological Science. 7, 1, p. 27-28 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalComment / Letter to the editorAcademic

The recovered memory debate continues in Europe: Evidence from the UK, the Netherlands, France, and Germany

Shaw, J. & Vredeveldt, A., 2019, In : Clinical Psychological Science.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Cross-cultural differences in object recognition: Comparing asylum seekers from Sub-Saharan Africa and a matched Western European control group

de Bruïne, G., Vredeveldt, A. & van Koppen, P. J., 1 Jul 2018, In : Applied Cognitive Psychology. 32, 4, p. 463-473 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Refugees
Africa South of the Sahara
Control Groups
Weapons
Emigration and Immigration

Effects of cannabis on eyewitness memory: A field study

Vredeveldt, A., Charman, S. D., den Blanken, A. & Hooydonk, M., 19 Apr 2018, In : Applied Cognitive Psychology. 32, 4, p. 1-9 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Cannabis
Coffee
Crime
Eyewitness
Research