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Week 4: Interviewing witnesses

Introduction

Start this week by watching the weekly video with Graham and Catriona.

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In the previous weeks we looked at how memory works, the types of errors people make when recalling an event and also the effect that different types of questions can have on memory. This week you will get a chance to apply this knowledge when you listen to and evaluate the interviews that DI Bullet and DS Sund conducted with the two witnesses, Lila and Seth.

You will also discover techniques that can help a witness recall more of the crime and learn about the cognitive interview, which is a way of interviewing based on the results of psychological research, and a technique used by many police forces around the world.