Interviewing eyewitnesses: Enhancing output quantity and diagnosing accuracy [ 2009 - 2010 ]

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Researchers Prof N Brewer; Dr F Gabbert; Dr L Hope

Brief description Although there has been general international agreement that open-ended police interviews (e.g., the Cognitive Interview) enhance output quantity and accuracy, it is also well documented that police investigators often depart from these procedures in order to probe for additional information. An approach to eyewitness interviewing that allows police to elicit greater detail while able to assess likely accuracy not only has the potential to be widely adopted but would also provide a major breakthrough in the investigation of crimes and other incidents where interview data are so critical. This in turn would further enhance the profile of Australian (and UK) forensic science.

Funding Amount $152,000

Funding Scheme Linkage International

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