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ERIC Number: ED416318
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Interview and Interrogation Training using a Computer-Simulated Subject.
Olsen, Dale E.
Interactive, multimedia software involving a simulated subject has been created to help trainees develop interview and interrogation techniques using personal computers, because practice interviews are not always realistic and are too expensive. New and experienced law enforcement agents, among others, need such extensive training in techniques for interviewing and interrogation. However, it is often difficult for the student to practice those techniques before putting them to use in investigative work. When the software program is started, the user can select one of two options: the online manual or the interview. Although the trainee must select questions from a predetermined list, the available questions are many. Users are required to observe both verbal and nonverbal behavior and to make well-reasoned decisions. Chances to make errors are presented at every decision point. The simulated subject responds differently each time the system is used and will sometimes be deceptive or truthful. Even the truthful subject reacts to questions and shows signs of deception. The goal of the trainee is to navigate the subject through different behavioral states and then determine if the subject is truthful. Perhaps the most interesting feature of the system is the modeling codes contained in the script. For each question, there is a list of key words, a question code, a mood value, a rapport value, and an information value. Scores are used to evaluate student performance. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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