Cognitive Interviews and Memory Improvement

Cognitive Interviews and Memory Improvement Strategies

I have compiled these notes as part of my AS Psychology course. The notes are a brief overview of the Cognitive Interviews and Memory Improvement Strategies, and are part of the AQA Psychology A Specification.


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Cognitive Interviews & Memory Improvement Strategies
Change in Narrative order
Change in perspective
Mental reinstatement of context > Based on different ways of encoding data
o Smell
o Hear
o Touch
o Taste
o See
Reporting everything (Hypermnesia)
o Used for forensic evidence
Evaluation of Cognitive interviews
Research for mental reinstatement of context - particularly in abuse cases
Helps to build a better rapport between the officer and the interviewee
Police officers have to be trained
o Not always good at it
Time consuming process
May be difficult to merge all the data together
Memory Improvement Strategies
o Putting data together into pieces of information which makes sense to the
individual (semantic understanding)
o Repeating the data over and over again in order to get it into the Long Term
o Putting words of similar meaning together
Narrative Story
o Putting the information into a story to help the reader visualise the data
1 AS Level Psychology


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