Interviewing & Neuroscience

One of the things I teach within my Cognitive Interviewing courses is how the brain processes and stores information and memories. For example, neuroscience research has discovered that the brain has various sections dedicated for processing and storing specific information related to sight and visual perception such as identifying and storing information about colors, places, spatial information, visual motion, as well as specific areas for identifying and recognizing faces, bodies and body parts. There are also sections specific to sounds with areas of the brain dedicated to sounds with a specific pitch and another area for sounds without clear pitch, and yet another area specific for hearing speech. Check out the TED video below with brain-imaging pioneer Nancy Kanwisher who explains how scientists use fMRI scans to see activity in these and other specific brain regions. As a professional who conducts investigative interviews and criminal interrogations, it's important for you to understand how the brain processes, stores and retrieves information, since a large part of your job is to extract as much accurate and reliable information from the individual as possible. To improve the quantity and quality of information you extract from people during interviews, make sure you thoroughly plan and conduct your interviews with processes and questioning strategies are based upon science and research, as this will increase your odds of success greatly!


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