Ten Years of Cognitive Interviewing
University of California, Los Angeles
Florida International University
Our interest in applying principles of memory to the forensic arena originated in the early 1980s. Several events merged to focus our attention on the problem of interviewing victims and witnesses of crime at that time. First, Loftus had just published her book entitled Eyewitness Testimony in 1979, which revitalized the field of witness psychology. This book, and others published at the time, catalogued the variety of ways that witnesses can be fallible. In 1982, in California, the ruling in People v. Shirley curtailed the use of forensic hypnosis as a tool for law enforcement to enhance the memories ...