Eyewitnesses and the use and application of cognitive theory

Frowd, Charlie orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-5082-1259 (2011) Eyewitnesses and the use and application of cognitive theory. In: Introduction to Applied Psychology. Blackwell, pp. 267-289.

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Witnesses and victims may contain the only record of a crime and so their evidence can be invaluable to a criminal investigation. This chapter reviews the different types of evidence provided by these eyewitnesses. The initial focus is on their ability to describe details of a crime and those involved, plus interviewing techniques that attempt to maximise this information recall. Next, the procedures used for identifying offenders are examined. In the final part, face construction systems are discussed along with modern methods for improving their effectiveness.

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