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Do’s and don’ts of using videotape to prepare witnesses for trial

A new study has stirred up a debate about the effectiveness of showing witnesses videotape of themselves to prepare them for trial. The study, although it wasn't conducted in the legal context, found that participants who were videotaped were unable to assess certain personality traits based on viewing their own body language. The study concluded that we have a "blind spot" in being able to interpret our own nonverbal behavior. Trial lawyers can learn from the study.