What is Testimony? Forum #1


Testimony, as a matter of fact, is one of the many important aspects of third parties’ contributions to justice. It is the act of providing any sort of written or spoken evidence that can potentially contribute to knowing who committed a crime. However, relying on this practice also means relying in the cognitive flaws of our brains (Lerner, J. S. et al., 2005). In other words, it means relying on biases and assumptions that our brain is constantly creating to make sense of the environment that we were in.

Witnesses often engage system-one thinking where all of the details and descriptions that they were able to gather about the suspect are simple but highly subjective.

Different types of crimes involve the activation of different parts of the brain. However, currently, the testimony procedures are the same for all of the different type of crimes. This is why there is a flaw in today’s approach to and reliability in testimony.

Our way to create awareness of biases is by making Emissaries go through the same thought processes that witnesses and juries experience while attempting to identify possible culprits. The idea of this activity in camp is to create a space where Emissaries are exposed to their own biases, assumptions, flawed memories, emotions and perceptions.


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