Chapter Fourteen. A Method to Enhance Person Description: A Field Study

  1. Ray Bull Professor3,
  2. Tim Valentine PhD member Scientific staff Professor of Psychology Fellow4 and
  3. Tom Williamson
  1. Samuel Demarchi Associate Professor1 and
  2. Jacques Py Professor Chief Editor past president2

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470747599.ch14

Handbook of Psychology of Investigative Interviewing: Current Developments and Future Directions

Handbook of Psychology of Investigative Interviewing: Current Developments and Future Directions

How to Cite

Demarchi, S. and Py, J. (2009) A Method to Enhance Person Description: A Field Study, in Handbook of Psychology of Investigative Interviewing: Current Developments and Future Directions (eds R. Bull, T. Valentine and T. Williamson), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470747599.ch14

Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of Leicester, England, UK

  2. 4

    Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Laboratoire de Psychologie Sociale Université Paris 8, France

  2. 2

    Université Toulouse 2, France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 21 SEP 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470512678

Online ISBN: 9780470747599

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Keywords:

  • methods to enhance person's description - field studies;
  • verbal descriptions of perpetrators - preliminary and long-term investigation of crimes;
  • contents for person description;
  • witnesses, writing down their description;
  • importance of perpetrator's description in investigative process;
  • person description interview (PDI);
  • general-to-specific strategy and top-to-bottom strategy;
  • reverse-order descriptive strategy - down-to-up instruction (DUI);
  • superiority of PDI in detection tasks;
  • ease of learning and using PDI protocol

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Contents for person description

  • How can person descriptions be improved?

  • Conclusions and future directions

  • References