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!
The Lie Boat had its maiden voyage in 2014 with 24 people from from 4 countries. The training course was held on a cruise ship and covered 12 topics relating to lies, lie detection, micro expressions, statement analysis and much more, all focused on helping people reach the TRUTH within any investigative inquiry. Why a cruise ship? Research shows that by making the training more fun, changing the environment and/or delivery, taking people out of the traditional venues, etc. they learn better, retain more information, and are engaged at a deeper level with the training. Plus, who says you can't mix business with pleasure! We had awesome instructors who made this a success...Stan Walters, Maggie Pazian, Ray Bull, James Kline and Dan Jewiss. My thanks to them for sharing their knowledge in such a professional manner!
How important are good interviewing skills? Well if you figure that most cases are initiated by a complaint from a victim or witness, the information obtained from interviews actually sets the foundation for the investigation. If you don't get accurate and reliable information from the beginning of your case, you will waste time, money and resources. Also, as your case progresses and you follow up with additional witnesses, informants, and potential suspects, information from those interviews directs your investigation. If you get misdirected, again you will waste time, money and resources and even head down the path towards a miscarriage of justice by focusing on the wrong person while the real perpetrator stays free.
To improve your ability to gather information and assess the information for veracity make sure you have the right training behind you which included Cognitive Interviewing & Investigative Statement Analysis. Combining these learnable skills will improve your ability to gather accurate and reliable information from people and to assess the information for truthfulness and deception, and will provide you information to focus and guide your interviews. This course is being held at the Graylyn International Conference Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. October 27th-29th, 2014. For more information on the course or registration information click HERE.
The Lie Boat! training cruise on lies, lie detection and getting the truth within interviews and interrogations was a great success and we will be bringing it back next year! We are in the planning stages of the cruise and training, and at this point it looks like more of a tropical destination is in store! I am working on a unique opportunity for training and networking as well tied into this event, so stay tuned! If you want to keep up to date on the developments you can join the mailing list below. I hope to see you on The Lie Boat in 2015!