Legal interviewers use children's affect and eye contact cues to assess credibility of their testimony

Tiffany Field, Julie E. Malphurs, Regina Yando, Debra Bendell, Kirsten Carraway, Raquel Cohen

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Based on interviews with 120 children ranging from age 3 to 12, legal interviewers rated the grade school and middle school age children as competent and as understanding the meaning of lying. The interviewers rated the grade school children as more credible 'witnesses in court' than either the preschool or the middle school age children. The cues they reported using most frequently were affect and eye contact.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-404
Number of pages8
JournalEarly Child Development and Care
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 1 2010



  • Child testimony
  • Children
  • Court
  • Eye contact cues

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Psychology

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