Revista INFAD 2012


Nº1, Vol. 1, pp. 541-548 doi:  en trámite
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La intervención del psicólogo forense en la obtención y evaluación de la credibilidad del testimonio

Manuel Vilariño Vasquez / Maria Formosinho Sanches / Paulo Renato Cardoso de Jesus. pp. 541


Within the realm of eyewitness testimony one has created and developed a series of techniques that aim to elicit reports and assess their reliability. This effort has given rise to a set of instruments whose utility has been scientifically and empirically demonstrated. Therefore, the work of forensic psychologists may constitute a significant auxiliary mechanism of justice, mainly in those cases characterized by a lack of evidence, requiring that the verdict be almost exclusively based on eyewitnesses’ accounts. In this paper we discuss some of the techniques with a double goal. Firstly, we want to provide an overview of some valuable methods of interviewing, and secondly we argue that the judicial procedures may be enhanced with the intervention of Forensic psychologists.
Keywords: Eyewitness, Reliability, Forensic Psychology, Justice, Enhanced Cognitive Interview, Criterion-Based Content Analysis (CBCA)

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