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Modifying the cognitive interview : countenancing forensic application by enhancing practicability.

Dando, Coral J. and Wilcock, Rachel and Benkle, Claudia and Milne, Rebecca (2011) Modifying the cognitive interview : countenancing forensic application by enhancing practicability. Psychology Crime & Law, 17 (6). pp. 491-511.

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The UK investigative interview model advocates police officers use the cognitive interview (CI). However, research has indicated that many officers perceive the CI as too cumbersome, complex, and time consuming for some types of crime. With this in mind we investigate the efficacy of two CI procedures, which have been substantially modified to enhance forensic practicability and retain the empirically demonstrated CI superiority effect. Employing the mock witness paradigm, both are compared to the procedure currently taught to UK police officers. Participant’s memorial performance revealed no differences across interview conditions for the amount of correct and incorrect recall. However, those interviewed using the modified procedures confabulated less and were more accurate. Considering type of information recalled (person, action, object, & surrounding), no differences were found across conditions for correct or confabulated type recall. However, the two modified CIs elicited fewer incorrect person and object information items. Further, they were shorter in duration than the current procedure. Hence, for frontline less serious crime, or in time critical situations, the modified procedures may be viable alternatives. These findings and their implications are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Psychology Crime & Law
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cognitive Interview ; Witnesses ; Modify
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 34930
Deposited By: Dr Coral Dando
Deposited On: 14 Dec 2010 11:10
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2015 15:43
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