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Forensic psychology- Backwards and Forwards
A modern approach to interviewing witnesses of crimes may make things worse
When some-one's memory is patchy, he will do his best to spin the information he has into a credible yarn. This is a psychological phenomenon in which the brain tries to make sense of fragmentary information.
This issue can be a nuisance for the forces of law and order when they are trying to find out what precisely happened during an incident from a witness. It can also be a concern for recruiters during an interview with a potential candidate.
How should one thus conduct an interview in order to get the most honest answers from the candidate? Coral Dando of Lancaster University, in Britain, performed research to see whether asking witnesses of crimes to say what they saw in reverse order really works or if it makes things worse. Interesting Read.
Full article can be found at- http://www.economist.com/node/21528213