Hypnosis in Criminal Investigation: Ethical and Practical Implications
Hypnotic techniques are used in criminal investigations to enhance or recover recollected evidence from witnesses who experience total or partial amnesia for the events witnessed. This use by clinicians working with and for criminal investigators opens a number of practical, clinical, ethical and legal questions. On the basis of twenty years’ clinical experience with forensic investigations, three main problematic areas are addressed. These include the practical question of reliability of recalled evidence, the clinical question of safeguarding the psychological well-being of the hypnotized subject, and the general conflicts stemming from the ambiguous responsibilities regarding the ethical and civil rights of the subject vis-avis the needs of the investigation.
KeywordsCriminal Investigation Forensic Investigation Psychological Implication Legal Officer General Conflict
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