Interviewing Eyewitnesses

Julie Gawrylowicz, Amina Memon

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


Eyewitness researchers have attempted to take what we know about memory and social influence and wrap it into a set of procedures for interviewing eyewitnesses. This has resulted in a number of empirically based investigative interviewing tools. Some of these tools have been successfully implemented into current police practice. The most developed and researched procedural package for gathering detailed reports from cooperative eyewitnesses without compromising overall accuracy is the Cognitive Interview (CI). Since its development 25 years ago, novel and alternative interviewing strategies have been developed, including the Self-Administered Interview© (SAI), a pen-and-paper version of the CI. The SAI can be administered at the crime scene and to multiple witnesses simultaneously, thereby reducing police time and resources.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4614-5690-2
ISBN (Print)978-1-4614-5689-6
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • interview
  • eye witness
  • self-administered interview
  • cognitive interview


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