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The Cognitive Interview
An interview technique developed by Fisher and Geiselman in 1992 to increase the accuracy
of EWT. There are 4 main components.




1 and 2 are based on the concept that the closer the recreated situation to the actual incident,
the more information will be recalled.

3 and…

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Evaluating the cognitive interview

Difficult to evaluate because there are many different forms
Thames Valley Police do not use the "reinstate context" component.
Other police forces use only the "reinstate context" and "report everything
components"
(Kebbell and Wagstaff 1996)

Negatives
Takes too much time, especially for minor crimes
Detectives only…

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