Psychology Division Seminar Series

Suggestible and inaccurate? Testimony in children with intellectual disabilities

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The Division of Psychology in the School of Social Sciences holds a regular weekly seminar series over the academic year to invite excellent internal and external speakers to present their research findings.

Please be aware that the content for this seminar has changed from what was previously listed.

  • From: Wednesday 18 November 2015, 4 pm
  • To: Wednesday 18 November 2015, 5 pm
  • Location: Chaucer 3001 (LT1), Chaucer building, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LT

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Please be aware that the content for this seminar has changed from what was previously listed.

The Division of Psychology in the School of Social Sciences holds a regular weekly seminar series over the academic year to invite excellent internal and external speakers to present their research findings. This is an integral part of our research culture in the Division which stimulates psychological thinking and debate, and informs about current developments in the various subfields of Psychology. 

Staff and students from Psychology and the wider University are welcome to attend.

This week's seminar will be from Charlie Lewis from Lancaster University on Suggestible and inaccurate? Testimony in children with intellectual disabilities.


Abstract
Children with intellectual disabilities are over-represented in cases of child abuse yet they are also much less likely to give evidence in court. This is largely because they are deemed to be less accurate and even more suggestible than typically developing children. In a series of related studies we have tested these assumptions. Children participated in an event at school and were interviewed one week, or six months (or both) later. We examined the influences of [1] preparation for a testimony interview, [2] jurors' perceptions of child witnesses, [3] an early interview on later recall. I will discuss whether jurors attribute children with developmental delay as capable of providing reliable testimony, whether children with moderate learning difficulties can provide accurate evidence, the nature of interviews with children and whether repeated interviews corrupt or inoculate children's evidence during the long delays before court interviews.

Booking information

Should you be external to the University and wish to listen to one of our speakers, please inform the Research Seminars Coordinator Dr Andrew Dunn via email prior to the event you wish to attend.

Location details

Room/Building:

Chaucer 3001 (LT1), Chaucer building

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street
Nottingham
NG1 5LT

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