The Top Ten Principles of Memory That Every Investigator Should Know

Fabulous session. Very much focuses on the practicality of needing to utilise what we learn, whereas other sessions have been more theory based and whilst interesting, difficult to implement practically. Engaging presenter also.
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Course overview

The Top Ten Principles of Memory That Every Investigator Should Know

Over the last 40 years we have learnt vast amounts about how human memory works, yet in the criminal justice system common myths prevail that negatively impact the outcome of investigations and trials. This webinar focuses on 10 key functions or principles of memory as they apply to eyewitness accounts:

  1. the cue-driven nature of memory
  2. what really causes forgetting
  3. question types that cause and reduce cue overload
  4. what makes a memory distinctive
  5. why it is so challenging for people to recall recurring events
  6. how memory is impacted by circumstances at the time of an event that interact with those at the time of the interview
  7. how people use available information to generate coherent accounts
  8. the strengths of episodic versus generic, semantic memory
  9. why greater specificity leads to memory vulnerabilities
  10. what makes people susceptible to suggestion.

The session explore how these ten principles can be applied in investigative interviews to encourage more accurate remembering and fewer false accounts. It will also discuss common misconceptions and erroneous beliefs about memory  versus scientifically grounded views of memory.

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Jane Goodman-Delahunty

Jane Goodman-Delahunty, is Research Professor, Charles Sturt University Australia.

Jane has conducted extensive research in the field of forensic psychology for over a decade, she is an active Member of the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal and has taught widely. Her research has been funded by the High Value Detainee Interrogation Group of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and the Australian Research Council.