Eye Witness Testimonies

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Reliability: In the context of eyewitness testimony, the extent to which it can be regarded as accurate.

Leading Questions: A question that hints that a particular type of answer is required.

Cognitive Interview: A method of questioning witnesses that involves recreating the context of an event.

It is often found that, when several people describe an event that they have all experienced, their accounts can be quite different from each other. This can be worrying in certain situations. for example, if people have witnessed an accident or a crime, how accurate will their descriptions be? They may be asked to give evidence in court. Someone might be convicted on the strength of that evidence. Witnesses might feel very confident about what they have seen. However, research has shown that, even if witnesses are confident , it does not mean that their accounts of what they saw are accurate.

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