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NCJ Number: 81670 Find in a Library
Title: Recall of Witnesses Under Hypnosis
Journal: Journal of the Forensic Science Society  Volume:22  Issue:1  Dated:(January 1982)  Pages:33-39
Author(s): G F Wagstaff
Date Published: 1982
Page Count: 7
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: A critical evaluation is given of recent reports which suggests that hypnotic induction may be used to induce a special 'state' which facilitates the witness recall in police investigations.
Abstract: Evidence is presented which suggests that hypnotic phenomena may be usefully viewed in terms of more familiar psychological concepts such as obedience, conformity, relaxation and imagination, and that this conceptualisation has implications for the development of techniques for improving witness recall. It is proposed that progress will be maximized by concentrating on features of the hypnotic situation such as reminiscence, relaxation and the use of cognitive strategies for recall rather than assuming that hypnotic induction per se is a prerequisite of recall improvement. (Publisher abstract)
Index Term(s): Questioning under hypnosis
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