Case studies

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This is an illustration of projects we completed (list is not exhaustive).

Case Study 1: The beginning of online memory detection research

Title: Memory Detection 2.0: The first online memory detection test

This was the beginning of research into online memory detection and the birth of newlylabs. This project involved the development of the first known online memory detection test, based on the Concealed Information Test. The main challenge was to maintain the accuracy and reliability of laboratory equivalent experiments. In order to achieve the highest standard, we focused on quality of the core functionality and kept the layout deliberately to a minimum, and conducted a large number of pilot studies.

This study culminated in the largest ever conducted memory detection experiment. Output of this project includes a publication in PlosOne, a number of newspaper articles, many conference presentations, and a great deal of attention for this new line of research.

Collaborators & contact: Bruno Verschuere, Bennett Kleinberg

Involved universities: University of Amsterdam, Ghent University, Maastricht University

Timeline: March 2014 – July 2014


Case Study 2: Saliency effects in the Concealed Information Test

Title:  Item saliency effects in the single-probe and the multiple-probe protocol

Building on the foundation of the novel memory detection 2.0 framework, we we able to show why this new tool is os important and how it can change research: we wanted to deepen our understanding on the theoretical underpinnings and moderators of the Concealed Information Test. Online testing made it possible to achieve this within a day with more than 280 participants without compromising in experimental quality. The experiment was conducted on a Dutch science festival with a diverse public as teaser for innovative research projects.

The paper was published in the Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition and was a milestone for newlylabs. This was proof for us that our introduced framework is fruitful and helpful as intended.

Collaborators & contact: Bruno Verschuere, Bennett Kleinberg, Kalliopi Theocharidou

Involved universities: University of Amsterdam, Ghent University, Maastricht University, Amsterdam University College

Timeline: June 2014 – August 2014


Case Study 3: Online memory detection and security research

Title:  Online ID check with Memory Detection 2.0

Without being over-excited, this project was by far the most impressive of all experiments. In this study, university participants did an online experiment trying to hide their identity. What’s impressive? The results show that our experimental task was able to push all reported boundaries of published knowledge detection research to new limits: our test reached an area under the curve of .98 (which is near perfect classification of guilty participants as guilty, and innocent participants as innocent). This is yet unequaled.

This experiment was published as technical note in the Journal of Forensic Sciences.

Collaborators & contact: Bruno Verschuere, Bennett Kleinberg

Involved universities: University of Amsterdam, Ghent University, Maastricht University, University College London

Timeline: September 2014 – October 2014

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