Improving eyewitness testimony with the cognitive interview
Malpass and Devine’s study on faulty eyewitness testimony was among the first conducted on this topic, along with studies by Brian Cutler, Elizabeth Loftus, and Gary Wells. In response to these and other researchers’ findings, former United States Attorney General Janet Reno ordered the formation of a panel of experts to suggest how the justice system could improve eyewitness testimonies. This group was known as the Technical Working Group for Eyewitness Evidence (TWGEYEE). TWGEYEE established the first set of uniform practices for the collection and preservation of accurate and unbiased eyewitness evidence. These practices are outlined in the document, "Eyewitness evidence: A guide for law enforcement" (1999),
Improving eyewitness testimony - Eyewitness testimony
This shows that memory cannot be relied upon solely in the application of the rule of law and deliverance of justice and methods of improving eyewitness testimony, such as the cognitive interview should be highly considered and used.
By deciphering how humans process visual information, researchers are uncovering new ways to improve eyewitness testimony, enhance teaching methods or increase people’s ability to learn more efficiently.