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This podcast aims to explore the fascinating concept of witness suggestibility and its impact on the legal justice system. Dr Anne Ridley, Psychologist and Editor of ‘Suggestibility in Legal Contexts’ (Wiley 2013) discusses the constructive nature of memory and explains why it is so important that criminal justice practitioners understand the ways in which suggestibility can occur and how this should influence the way in which they approach the questioning of witnesses in order to achieve best evidence.

After completing the course you will:
  • Have considered what ‘suggestibility’ is and how it is explained theoretically;
  • Appreciate how suggestibility differs from concepts such as ‘compliance’ or ‘conformity’;
  • Understand how memory conformity can occur and the impact this has on the way in which witnesses recall an incident;
  • Understand why the issue of suggestibility is so poignant for criminal justice practitioners and how modern research and theories of suggestibility impact on the way in which witnesses should be approached in court;
  • Have considered how the phrasing of questions can influence response and produce errors of fact;
  • Understand how suggestible responses can be measured;
  • Be aware of the groups or individuals that can be more likely to be vulnerable to suggestibility than others;
  • Have considered acute suggestibility in police interrogation;
  • Be aware of the challenges that therapy and ‘recovered memories’ present for law enforcement professionals in terms of suggestibility.
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In this CPDcast, Dr Anne Ridley, Principal Lecturer in Psychology at London South Bank University explores the controversial theory of suggestibility in legal contexts and its forensic implications.


Date Recorded: 25th February 2013

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