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October 26, 2005

Police say hypnotizing witnesses can help bring new leads; critics call method possibly misleading

Winston Salem Journal, Sunday, October 23, 2005

[...Dr. Michael Teague] is a forensic psychologist in Raleigh who uses hypnosis in criminal investigations. Police departments across the state have enlisted Teague to hypnotize victims or witnesses of serious crimes, with the goal of refreshing their memories to learn details about the crimes. [...] Hypnosis as a tool for memory enhancement, however, is at best unproven. Evidence obtained from hypnosis is inadmissible in court in North Carolina. Numerous experts in the fields of law and psychology have raised doubts about its reliability. And in the world of law enforcement, which measures success in "solve" rates, hypnosis is rarely an effective tool.

Posted by Emma at October 26, 2005 07:44 AM


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