'What Makes the Engine Go': Cognitive Limits and Cross-Examination
19 Pages Posted: 2 Jul 2009
Date Written: June 30, 2009
This essay is an attempt to shed light on one of the essential processes that drives the engine of cross-examination. Specifically, the essay puts forward several hypotheses regarding the important positive role that human cognitive limitations play in the functioning of cross-examination. In the process, the paper also offers a perspective on such mental limitations that is distinct from predominant approaches in cognitive psychology and law.
Keywords: Cross-examination, cognitive limits, witnesses
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