Improving The Accuracy Of Eyewitness Testimonies: The Cognitive Interview

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What is the cognitive interview?
A police technique used to interview criminals or witnesses on their memory recall
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Who invented the cognitive interview?
Geiselman et al 1984
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What is mental reinstatement of original context?
This is where the interviewer encourages the witness to recreate physical and psychological environment of the original environment, and usually makes cued recall
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What is report everything?
This is where the interviewer encourages the witness to report even the insignificant details and can cue recall
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What is change order?
This is where the interviewer encourages the witness to change the order of everything to reduce the effect of schemas.
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What is change perspective?
This is where the interviewer encourages the witness to do this in other peoples views of the situation which disrupts schemas
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EVALUATION: Problems with using the CI in practice
Police officers say that it can be time wasting, and there is inadequate training for it and therefore they can struggle to do it effectively.
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