The impact of personal perception on the identification of tattoo pattern in human identification

Georgina Brookes, Tim Thompson

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Abstract

Tattoos and body modifications have a significant role to play in the identification of individuals in a variety of forensic contexts. Despite this, little work has explicitly examined this topic. The aim of this study was to examine whether personal perception has an influence on the identification of tattoo images. A questionnaire was constructed containing a variety of tattoo images and distributed randomly, resulting in two hundred and eleven participant responses. The results indicated that the perception of tattoos has a high margin for error and interpretation. The conclusion of the study argues that a perception issue exists amongst individuals, however further work needs to be carried out to establish the degree of variation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-41
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Volume64
Early online date22 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2019

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