Annelies Vredeveldt

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faculteit der rechtsgeleerdheid/faculty of law ( criminologie )
Researcher (Society in Science – Branco Weiss Fellow)

Curriculum vitae
Annelies Vredeveldt completed her Bachelors at University College Utrecht, after which she did a Masters in Psychology and Law at Maastricht University. She obtained her PhD at the University of York in England, where she conducted research on eyewitness memory. Subsequently she worked at the University of Cape Town for two years, where she collaborated with the South African police on a research project on eyewitnesses, financed by a United States government agency. At VU University, Vredeveldt is conducting research on social interactions between eyewitnesses. She was awarded a five-year Branco Weiss Fellowship from the Society in Science in Switzerland for this project.

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Educational activities
Project Reasonable Doubt

Research activities
Vredeveldt conducts research on 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 it is as yet unclear whether witnesses can also help each other to retrieve memories, for example through a process known as cross-cuing. Vredeveldt’s project is designed to examine the situations in which this may happen.

Legal psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology, memory, eyewitnesses, police, investigative interviewing, face recognition and line-ups, deception detection.

Main publications
  • Vredeveldt, A., Hildebrandt, A., & Van Koppen, P. J. (2016). Acknowledge, repeat, rephrase, elaborate: Witnesses can help each other remember more. Memory, 24(5), 669–682. doi:10.1080/09658211.2015.1042884 
  • Vredeveldt, A., Knol, J. W., & Van Koppen, P. J. (2015). Observing offenders: Incident reports by surveillance detectives, uniformed police, and civilians. Legal & Criminological Psychology, Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/lcrp12087
  • Vredeveldt, A., Tredoux, C. G., Nortje, A., Kempen, K., Puljević, C., & Labuschagne, G. N. (2015). A field evaluation of the Eye-Closure Interview with witnesses of serious crimes. Law and Human Behavior, 39(2), 189–197. doi:10.1037/lhb0000113
  • Vredeveldt, A., Van Koppen, P. J., & Granhag, P. A. (2014). The inconsistent suspect: A systematic review of consistency in truth tellers and liars. In R. Bull (Ed.), Investigative Interviewing (pp. 183–207). London: Springer.
  • Vredeveldt, A., Hitch, G. J., & Baddeley, A. D. (2011). Eyeclosure helps memory by reducing cognitive load and enhancing visualisation. Memory & Cognition, 39(7), 1253–1263. doi:10.3758/s13421-011-0098-8

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Postal address
VU University Amsterdam
Faculty of Law
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam