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Suggestibility in Legal Contexts: Psychological Research and Forensic Implications

ISBN: 978-0-470-66369-1
254 pages
January 2013, Wiley-Blackwell
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A comprehensive survey of the theory, research and forensic implications related to suggestibility in legal contexts that includes the latest research.

  • Provides a useful digest for academics and a trusted text for students of forensic and applied psychology
  • A vital resource for legal practitioners who need to familiarize themselves with the subject
  • Includes practical suggestions for minimizing witness suggestibility in interviews
  • Features topics that focus on suggestibility at each stage - from witnessing a crime through to trial
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Table of Contents

Contributors ix

Series Preface xi

Preface xiii

Acknowledgements xv

1 Suggestibility: A History and Introduction 1
Anne M. Ridley

2 The Misinformation Effect: Past Research and Recent Advances 21
Quin M. Chrobak and Maria S. Zaragoza

3 Interrogative Suggestibility and Compliance 45
Gisli H. Gudjonsson

4 Suggestibility and Memory Conformity 63
Fiona Gabbert and Lorraine Hope

5 Suggestibility and Individual Differences: Psychosocial and Memory Measures 85
Anne M. Ridley and Gisli H. Gudjonsson

6 Recovered Memories and Suggestibility for Entire Events 107
James Ost

7 Suggestibility and Individual Differences in Typically Developing and Intellectually Disabled Children 129
Kamala London, Lucy A. Henry, Travis Conradt and Ryan Corser

8 Suggestibility in Vulnerable Groups: Witnesses with Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Older People 149
Katie L. Maras and Rachel Wilcock

9 Acute Suggestibility in Police Interrogation: Self-regulation Failure as a Primary Mechanism of Vulnerability 171
Deborah Davis and Richard A. Leo

10 Suggestibility and Witness Interviewing using the Cognitive Interview and NICHD Protocol 197
David J. La Rooy, Deirdre Brown and Michael E. Lamb

11 Suggestibility in Legal Contexts: What Do We Know? 217
Anne M. Ridley, Fiona Gabbert and David J. La Rooy

Index 229

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Author Information

Anne Ridley is Principal Lecturer in Psychology at London South Bank University, UK, with particular interest in individual differences in witness suggestibility as well as strategies for supporting vulnerable witnesses in the legal system. In 2008 she was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy.

Fiona Gabbert is a Reader in Psychology at the University of Abertay Dundee, UK. She is an expert in the area of social influences on memory, and has published widely on this topic, including a chapter on ‘memory conformity’ in the current book. Another of Fiona’s interests is developing methods to obtain reliable evidence from eyewitnesses. She received an Academic Excellence Award for ‘Outstanding Achievements in the Area of Investigative Interviewing’ in 2011.

David La Rooy is a Reader in Psychology at the University of Abertay Dundee, UK. He is also a Scottish Institute for Policing Research Lecturer and his research focuses on issues surrounding the forensic interviewing of children. He teaches evidence-based investigative-interviewing and oversees the university’s degree course in Forensic Psychobiology.

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Suggestibility is one of the most important psychological concepts to capture the imagination of scientists, both past and present. The internationally known contributors to this volume tackle this concept with scientific astuteness and balance, and with an eye towards its importance for the legal field.  It is a must read for researchers and practitioners alike.—Elizabeth F. Loftus, PhD, Distinguished Professor, University of California, Irvine

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