Using avatars in investigative interviews with children

Sam Conway*, Julie Gawrylowicz, Robin Sloan, Andrea Szymkowiak

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Pre-recording best evidence using technology is an emerging priority for Police Scotland when interviewing children. Example technologies may include virtual characters (VCs), such as agents and avatars, wherein the forensic interview is conducted online with an interactive virtual representation of a real interviewer. VCs are effective for engaging young children who struggle with social cues or communicating in face-toface settings (Hsu & Teoh, 2017). VCs can elicit greater personal disclosure (Lucas & Gratch, 2014), increase eyewitness memory (Taylor & Dando, 2018), and are perceived as less judgemental than humans (Pickard et al., 2016).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSIPR annual report 2021/22
Subtitle of host publicationannual report and accounts 2021/22 for the academic year ending 31 August 2022
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherScottish Institute for Policing Research
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2022


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