Cognitive Interview- Describe and evaluate for 16 marks


Describe and evaluate the use of the cognitive interview as a technique for improving the accuracy of eyewitness testimony (16 marks)


  • Recreate context and recall all information even if irrelevant. Based on a theory by Tulving; more cues trigger improved accuracy in eye witness testimonies (EWT).
  • Recall from different points/in reverse and change perspectives to reduce the possibility of inconsistencies; it is harder to be dishonest when recalling in reverse.
  • Also the enhanced cognitive interview
    • Interviewer: Avoid unnecessary interruptions; try to reduce anxiety; tell eye witness to speak slowly; ask open-ended questions wherever possible
    • Eye witness: Control the flow


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