Information gathering is a vital part of all criminal investigations. In this respect, the Cognitive Interview addresses three key psychological processes that underpin interviews with cooperative interviewees: (i) the social dynamics between the interviewee and the interviewer, (ii) the interviewee’s and interviewer’s cognitive processes, and (iii) communication between the interviewee and interviewer.

Within this framweork, the purpose of this masterclass:

  • to teach professionals the key psychological processes, with a breakdown of the multi-faceted components of the Cognitive Interview, including how to establish and maintain rapport, non-biased questioning, and how to maximize the interviewees cognitive retrieval
  • to provide a scientific and evidence based working method
  • Finally, this masterclass allows participants with the opportunity to network with researchers and professionals who are currently using, ora interested in using the Cognitive Interview in practice.

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The Cognitive Interview is one of the most exciting developments in psychology in the last 30 years, and comprises of a series of memory-retrieval techniques designed to increase the amount of information that can be obtained from an eyewitness via different memory retrieval pathways. The agenda involves theory and practice, a super efficient mix for practitioners, professionals and students who want to learn the most relevant and effective CI’s techniques.

Some examples of the agenda inclusions:

  • An overview of the CI conducted by the Lecturer Dr. Cody Porter (
  • The History of the CI conducted by the Lecturer Dr. Adam Harvey (
  • Practical Applications to learn how to use CI’s methodologies

It is guaranteed an entire set of practical sessions and operational Labs with high level professionals in the field, with concrete opportunities to network with other researchers, practitioners, professionals and students training on CI interviewing methods. In addition, we include participants in the MISAP’s networks, with potential opportunities of collaboration with our Institute for future projects.

Why should anyone be interested in MISAP masterclass? Italy is located in the geographic center of Europe. Such geographic location leads MISAP being a crucial institution in terms of security issues. The courses of MISAP are devoted to discuss different aspects of security issues, including new emerging methodologies.

When? The masterclass will take place on the 7th of May 2020

Where? Online

How to join us? We encourage participants to ask for information to MISAP via our email

We also invite you to visit our website and learn more about our courses.

Should you have any question regarding MISAP’s application process, please, do not hesitate to contact us at

We are looking forward to your application!

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