Volume 28, Issue 2 (April 1983)
(by Moderator) The opening of discussion (by Godfrey Isaac, Esq.) stressed the advantage of practical court experience in the application of behavioral art and sciences to forensic science cases. Among factors emphasized were (a) the need for “being oneself,” that is, expressing the individual personality rather than trying to adjust to an assumed form of wardrobe, speech, and so forth; (b) one's psychological preparation, “being ready,” the homework done well; and (c) adopt an individual style, “being in touch.” do your own thing. At the same time other panel members (Drs. Tom Miller and Ken Sereno) countered that effective communication is not an inherent natural behavior, that is, people are not born effective speakers. Hence, it pays off to take training in order to be a “better witness,” that is. a more effective self. Participants from the audience commented that they had enjoyed these “unique presentations” (Dr. Gerald Vale), had learned a lot, and were “very much impressed” (Dr. Emanuel Tanay).