Associate Professor Jason Tangen

Associate Professor

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
jtangen@psy.uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 56774

Overview

Jason is a teaching and research academic in the School of Psychology and explores the nature of expertise and the development of competence in professional practice. He has lead several large research programs in collaboration with police agencies, passports, and the reserve bank. Jason has also recently UQ's first Massive Open Online Course called "The Science of Everyday Thinking," which attracted more than 400,000 enrolments.

Research Impacts

Accurate and timely identification of criminals and crime scene evidence is an important issue for Australia’s law enforcement agencies. Upholding legal processes and criminal justice social legitimacy through more reliable forensic evidence will help to prevent wrongful convictions and permit rightful convictions. Indeed, the consequences of misses and false identifications in forensics are potentially devastating – innocent people could be wrongly convicted, and guilty people could pass undetected or be wrongly acquitted. Our research has resulted in a better understanding of the source of identification errors, the factors that influence performance, and the nature of expertise in fingerprint identification. We provide a scientific basis for demonstrating the validity of forensic methods and measures of uncertainty in the conclusions of forensic analyses. This research allows police, intelligence systems and investigators to interpret evidence more effectively and efficiently, help to reduce the amount of time that it takes to train novices to experts, assist forensic examiners in the development of evidence-based training programs, discourage exaggerated interpretations of forensic evidence, and help in the development of a model of expert testimony that does not extend beyond the capabilities of examiners or beyond the scope of our experimental findings.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, McMaster University

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • (2016) Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Tangen, Jason M., Allan, Lorraine G. and Sadeghi, Hedyeh (2004). Assessing (in)sensitivity to causal asymmetry: A matter of degree. In Andy J. Wills (Ed.), New directions in human associative learning 1 ed. (pp. 65-95) Hillsdale, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Wu, Wen, Tangen, Jason M., Vokey, John R. and Humphreys, Michael S. (2012). On discriminating people: visual redundancy in categorization. In: Abstracts of the 2012 CSBBCS Annual Meeting. Canadian Society for Brain Behaviour and Cognitive Science 22nd Annual Meeting, Kingston, ON, Canada, (325-326). 7-9 June 2012. doi:10.1037/a0029409

  • Vokey, John R., Allen, Scott W. and Tangen, Jason M. (2012). Putting repetition blindness in context. In: Abstracts of the 2012 CSBBCS Annual Meeting. Canadian Society for Brain Behaviour and Cognitive Science 22nd Annual Meeting, Kingston, ON, Canada, (278-279). 7-9 June 2012. doi:10.1037/a0029409

  • Vokey, John Richard and Tangen, Jason Marcus (2010). The mark of the instance: Autoassociative neural-nets as exemplars of storage and retrieval in instance theory. In: Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology-Revue Canadienne De Psychologie Experimentale. , , (286-287). .

  • Tangen, J. M., Constable, M. D. and Kim, J. A. (2010). Death by bullet points? On interest and images in slideware presentations. In: EPC '10 37th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Melbourne, Vic, Australia, (). 8-10 April, 2010.

  • Thompson, M. B., Tangen, J. M., McCarthy, D. and Tear, M. J. (2010). Enhancing performance in human decision making: The role of similarity in forensic identification. In: Proceedings of the 20th International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences. 20th International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (). 5-9 September, 2010.

  • Thompson, M. B., Tangen, J. M., Ivison, K. J. and Treloar, R. (2010). Expertise in matching fingerprints and faces. In: Simon J. Cropper, Combined Abstracts of 2010 Australian Psychology Conferences. 37th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (38-38). 8-10 April 2010.

  • Tangen, J. M., Thompson, M. B., McCarthy, D. and Tear, M. J. (2010). Ground truth: On certainty in forensic decision-making research. In: Proceedings of the 20th International Symposium on the Proceedings of the 20th International Symposium on the Proceedings of the 20th International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences. 20th International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences, Sydney , Australia, (). 5-10 September 2010.

  • Thompson, Matthew B., Tangen, Jason M., Treloar, Renee and Ivison, Kathleen (2010). Humans matching fingerprints: Sequence and size. In: Scott MacDonald, Proceedings of fhe Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 54th Annual Meeting. 54th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A., (478-481). 27 September-1 October 2010.

  • Vokey, John and Tangen, Jason (2010). Investigations of print discrimination. In: AP-LS 2010: American Psychology-Law Society Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada, (). 18-20 March 2010.

  • LaPointe, Mitchell, Vokey, John R., Wu, Wen and Tangen, Jason M. (2010). Object recognition depends on more than just the object. In: Banff Annual Seminar in Cognitive Science BASICS 2010, Banff, AB, Canada, (). 30 April - 1 May 2010.

  • Loven, Amanda, Tangen, Jason, Wu, Wen and Vokey, John (2010). The implicit learning of style. In: Banff Annual Seminar in Cognitive Science (BASICS 2010), Banff, AB, Canada, (). 30 April - 1 May, 2010.

  • Tear, Morgan J., Thompson, Matthew B. and Tangen Jason M. (2010). The importance of ground truth: An open-source biometric repository. In: Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. 54th Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting 2010, HFES 2010, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A., (1464-1467). 27 September-1 October, 2010. doi:10.1518/107118110794004556

  • Wu, W., LaPointe, M., Vokey, J. R. and Tangen, J. M. (2010). The limits of critter detection: Testing the animate monitoring hypothesis. In: 37th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Melbourne, Australia, (). 8-10 April 2010.

  • Vokey, John Richard and Tangen, Jason Marcus (2010). The mark of the instance: Autoassociative neural-nets as exemplars of storage and retrieval in instance theory. In: Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS 2010), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, (286-287). 11-13 June 2010. doi:10.1037/a0020795

  • LaPointe, Mitchell, Vokey, John R., Wu, Wen and Tangen, Jason (2010). Using change detection to explore the role of features and context in object recognition. In: Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS 2010), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, (). 11-13 June, 2010.

  • Durrant, E., Teeter, C., Beston, B. and Tangen, J. M. (2009). Cognitive load influences multimedia presentation effectiveness. In: 50th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA, U.S.A., (). 19-22 November, 2009.

  • Forbes, S., Purkis, H., Lipp, O. and Tangen, J. M. (2009). Effect of stimulus detail on the attentional processing of fear-relevant stimuli. In: 36th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Wollongong, NSW, Australia, (20-20). 17–19 April 2009.

  • Tangen, J. M. and Vokey, J. R. (2009). On the psychophysics of matching fingerprints. In: 50th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA, USA, (). 19-22 November 2009.

  • Tangen, J. M. and Vokey, J. R. (2009). On the psychophysics of matching latents to ten-print patents. In: Combined Abstracts of 2009 Australian Psychology Conferences. 36th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Wollongong, NSW, Australia, (53-53). 17-19 April 2009.

  • Tangen, J. M. and Wu, W. (2009). Spotting critters in our midst: Context specificity and change detection. In: Nicholas Voudouris and Vicky Mrowinski, Combined Abstracts of 2009 Australian Psychology Conferences. 36th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Wollongong, NSW, Australia, (59-59). 17-19 April 2009.

  • D’Angelo, M., Young, M. E., Tangen, J. M. and Eva, K. W. (2008). Expectation and working memory: Examining age-related differences in covariation judgments. In: Abstracts of the 2008 CSBBCS annual meeting. Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science 18th Annual Meeting, London, Ontario, Canada, (). 19-21 June 2008.

  • Vokey, John and Tangen, Jason (2008). Intra- and inter-item similarity in fingerprint matching. In: Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science 18th Annual Meeting, London, Ontario, Canada, (). 19-21 June 2008.

  • Tangen, J. M. and Vokey, J. R. (2008). On the preliminary psychophysics of fingerprint identification. In: The Abstracts of the 35th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. 35th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Freemantle, Australia, (102-102). 28-30 March 2008.

  • Gee, P. and Tangen, J. M. (2008). Perception of fingerprint patterns: What do we really see?. In: 19th International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia, (). 6-9 October 2008.

  • Tangen, J. M. and Vokey, J. R. (2007). Conceptualising bird brains: Just what does a pigeon see in a Picasso?. In: The Abstracts of the 34th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. 34th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Canberra, Australia, (59-59). 13-15 April 2007.

  • Young, Meredith, Tangen, Jason and Eva, Kevin (2007). Covariation judgments and implicit associations: An investigation into differential susceptibility to information order and expectation in senior and young adults. In: Abstracts of the 2007 CSBBCS Annual Meeting: Résumés du congrès annuel 2007 de la SCCCSC. CSBBCS 2007: Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science 17th Annual Meeting, Victoria, BC, Canada, (375-375). 15-17 June 2007. doi:10.1037/cjep2007034

  • Perry, L., Young, M. E., Tangen, J. M. and Eva, K. W. (2007). The impact of situational framing on judgments of covariation. In: International Women's Conference 2007, New York, USA, (). March 2007.

  • Tangen, J. M. (2006). Data distortion in human covariation assessment. In: Proceedings : 4th International Conference on Memory. 4th International Conference on Memory, Sydney, Australia, (). 16-21 July 2006.

  • Young, M., Tangen, J. M. and Eva, K. W. (2006). Reaction to change: Differential performance of young and senior adults in covariation judgments. In: Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, (). 22-24 June 2006.

  • Allan, L. G., Siegel, S., Tangen, J. M. and Hannah, S. (2005). The application of psychophysics to the perception of contingency. In: Annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA, USA, (). March 2005.

  • Allan, Lorraine G., Siegel, Shepard and Tangen, Jason M. (2004). A signal detection analysis of contingency data. In: 14th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science, St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador, (). 12-14 June, 2004.

  • Tangen, Jason M., Allan, Lorraine G., Shields, Steve and Moskal, Alexis B. (2004). Judging binary and continuous variables: Cue-interaction and the role of the outlier. In: Proceedings : Special Interest Meeting on Human Contingency Learning. Special Interest Meeting on Human Contingency Learning, Leuven, Belgium, (). 24-26 May 2004.

  • Vokey, J. R., Tangen, J. M. and Boychuk, J. (2004). On the identification of latent fingerprints. In: Canadian Society for Brain Behaviour and Cognitive Science 18th Annual Meeting, St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador, (). June 2004.

  • Allan, L. G. and Tangen, J. M. (2004). Temporal contiguity and contingency. In: Winter Conference on Animal Learning and Behavior, Winter Park, Colorado, USA, (). 7-11 February 2004.

  • Tangen, J. M. and Allan, Lorraine G. (2003). A watched pot never boils: Temporal expectation in human contingency judgements. In: 13th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, (). 12-14 June, 2003.

  • Allan, L. G., Siegel, S. and Tangen, J. M. (2003). Judgement of Causality: Contingency Learning (∆P) or Signal Detection (d'). In: Gregynog Associative Learning Symposium, Wales, United Kingdom, (). 15-17 April 2003.

  • Allan, Lorraine G. and Tangen, Jason M. (2003). Judging relationships between events: How do we do it?. In: 44th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society : Abstracts. 44th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, (102-102). 6-9 November 2003.

  • Tangen, J. M. and Allan, L. G. (2003). Temporal contiguity and contingency judgements. In: Gregynog Associative Learning Symposium, Wales, United Kingdom, (). 15-17 April 2003.

  • Tangen, J. M. and Allan, L. G. (2003). The relative effect of cue-interaction on human judgements of causality. In: Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, (). 13-16 March, 2003.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

Completed Supervision