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Examining the Adaptability of Guilty Suspects in Interrogations

Ovelhey, Christin (2019) Examining the Adaptability of Guilty Suspects in Interrogations.

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Abstract:This study examined adaptability of guilty suspects in interrogations. Students (N=55) committed a mock crime and were then interviewed by a researcher, presenting him- or herself as a police officer, shortly after. The participants’ task was to come up with a strategy to convince the interviewer of their innocence. Their behavioral adjustments during the interview were the main focus of this study. More specifically, we examined whether they were adaptable during the interview. This study was implemented in the framework of a between subject design. In sum, the set-up showed ambiguous results in capturing adaptability. While a connection between self-perception of adaptability and the ability to make adjustments has been supported, this is not the case for connecting adaptability to either admissions or statement-evidence inconsistencies. Moreover, the participants took their role seriously, but reported to not be able to adjust when new pieces of incriminating evidence were presented to them. Therefore, no significant results for adaptable behavior in guilty suspects were found.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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