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The Psychology of Interrogations and Confessions: A Handbook

ISBN: 978-0-470-84461-8
706 pages
January 2003
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This volume, a sequel to The Psychology of Interrogations, Confessions and Testimony which is widely acclaimed by both scientists and practitioners, brings the field completely up-to-date and focuses in particular on aspects of vulnerability, confabulation and false confessions.

The is an unrivalled integration of scientific knowledge of the psychological processes and research relating to interrogation, with the practical investigative and legal issues that bear upon obtaining, and using in court, evidence from interrogations of suspects.


* Accessible style which will appeal to academics, students and practitioners
* Authoritative integration of theory, research, practical implications and vivid case illustration
* Coverage of topical issues like confabulation, false memory, and false confessions
Part of the Wiley Series in The Psychology of Crime, Policing and Law
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About the Author.

Series Preface.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

PART I: INTERROGATIONS AND CONFESSIONS.

Interrogation Tactics and Techniques.

Interrogation in Britain.

Persons at Risk During Interviews in Police Custody: the Royal Commission Studies.

The Identification and Measurement of 'Oppressive' Police Interviewing Tactics in Britain.

Why do Suspects Confess? Theories.

Why do Suspects Confess? Empirical Findings.

Miscarriages of Justice and False Confessions.

The Psychology of False Confession: Research and Theoretical Issues.

The Psychology of False Confession: Case Examples.

PART II: LEGAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS.

The English Law on Confessions.

The American Law on Confessions.

The Psychological Assessment.

Suggestibility: Historical and Theoretical Aspects.

Interrogative Suggestibility: Empirical Findings.

PART III: BRITISH COURT OF APPEAL CASES.

The Effects of Drugs and Alcohol Upon the Reliability of Testimony.

The Court of Appeal.

The 'Guildford Four' and the 'Birmingham Six'.

Psychological Vulnerability.

Police Impropriety.

Misleading Special Knowledge.

PART IV: FOREIGN CASES OF DISPUTED CONFESSIONS.

Four High Profile American Cases.

Canadian and Israeli Cases.

Murder in Norway: a False Belief Leading to a False Confession.

References.

Appendix.

Index.
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Gisli Gudjonsson is Professor of Forensic Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London and Head of Forensic Psychology Services, Maudsley Hospital, London
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"…a comprehensive and authorative handbook that demonstrates the crucial relationship between research and practice…" (Internet Book Reviews, 17 January 2003)

“…I am impressed with this handbook…an important addition to the bookshelves…” (Applied Cognitive Psychology, No.18 2004) 

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