The Cognitive Interview


4 key principles:

  • Conetext reinstatement
  • Report everything
  • Switch perspective
  • Reverse Order

Geiselman (1985)

aim: To examine the effectiveness of the cognitive interview.

method: 89 students watched a video of a simulated crime. Two days later they were interviewed using the standard police interview or the cognitive interview.

findings: students interviewed using cognitive interview recalled significantly more correct information (average no. correct items: 41.5…


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