To confess or not to confess – that is the choice

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Wednesday 4 October 2017, 11.00AM

Speaker: Melanie Douglass

Confessions are integral to the judicial process. Considerable effort has been expended to understand why confessions occur. Previous research has tended to focus on self-report measures or has explored indirect relationships. The only paradigm that allows a direct, experimental comparison of true and false confessions (i.e. the Russano Paradigm) has focused exclusively on situational factors, despite evidence from the general confession literature, and from theory, that individual factors are important. This talk will focus on a body of research that has assessed whether individual factors affect true and false confessions, using an experimental paradigm where ground truth is known. The results will broadly support the hypothesis that individual factors, namely locus of control and state anxiety, predict confession decisions. The implications of the findings will be discussed.

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Location: Department of Psychology, PS/C/003

Admission: Free