research for cognitive interview

In 1987, Fisherman et al. reviewed police practice and, with detailed analysis, decided to make some amendments to The Cognitive Interview. The new techniques that were introduced are:

  • The interviewer should minimise distractions.
  • The interviewer should actively listen to the witness.
  • Open-ended questions should be asked to encourage longer answers that could lead to a more accurate conviction.
  • A pause should be introduced after each response.
  • Interruptions should be avoided.
  • The use of imagery should be encouraged so to stimulate the witnesses memory.
  • The language used by interviewers should be adapted to suit the individual witnesses needs.
  • Judgemental comments should be avoided.

The Testing of the Cognitive Interview Technique

Geiselman et al. (1985) compared the Cognitive Interview Technique to the standard interview by showing 89 students a police training video of violent crimes and then using law enforcement officers, who had been trained in either CIT or standard techniques, to interview them. 


Item recall                                  CIT                                       


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