Mock-suspects' decisions to confess: the accuracy of eyewitness evidence is critical

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Title Mock-suspects' decisions to confess: the accuracy of eyewitness evidence is critical
Author Kebbell, Mark Rhys; Hurren, Emily Joan; Roberts, Shannon
Journal Name Applied Cognitive Psychology
Year Published 2006
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Abstract Forty participants were asked to commit a mock-crime that involved them stealing a cell-phone. Later the mock-offenders were questioned and evidence was presented to them from a witness who was said to have seen the offence. Participants were randomly assigned to one of two conditions in which they were presented with a witness statement that either contained detailed information concerning their description and their actions, or not-detailed information. For half the participants in each condition the information was correct, while for the other half some of the information was incorrect. The results show that participants were more likely to confess if the evidence against them was accurate, but the level of detail of the evidence made no difference. Participants who had accurate evidence presented against them felt more guilty than those who had less accurate evidence against them. The results are discussed in relation to police interviewing techniques.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/4438/home
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/acp.1197
Volume 20
Page from 477
Page to 486
ISSN 0888-4080
Date Accessioned 2006-07-28
Language en_AU
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject PRE2009-Evidence and Procedure; PRE2009-Psychology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/14242
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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