The accuracy of witness testimony and the psychology of investigations

Cognitive psychology might not be the first topic that comes to mind, either for in-house or external counsel, when planning an investigation. However, as businesses and regulators pay increasing attention to behavioural economics and studies of human memory, it is an apposite time to consider how they can be applied by legal practitioners, compliance personnel and those with management responsibilities. 

In a recent article published in Asian-mena Counsel (Vol. 11 Issue 9) , Ula Cartwright-Finch (an associate in our Hong Kong Arbitration team, who holds a PhD in cognitive neuroscience) and Alex Waksman (a member of our Competition, Regulation and Trade team in London who has studied and run training sessions on behavioural economics) have explored the lessons of cognitive psychology and what they tell us about the reliability of witnesses, psychological pitfalls for investigators, and how to strengthen the robustness of investigations. 

Read the article ‘The accuracy of witness testimony and the psychology of investigations’  (©Asian-mena Counsel. Reprinted with permission.)

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