University of Twente Student Theses

Login

Impact of minimization and maximization in simulated investigative interviews with suspects

Olden, H. (2021) Impact of minimization and maximization in simulated investigative interviews with suspects.

[img] PDF
297kB
Abstract:The purpose of this study was to gain deeper insights into the influence of minimization and maximization on the likelihood and severity of punishment as perceived by the suspect, as well as the rapport between the interviewer and the suspect. 51 participants were asked to play the role of a suspect. They read descriptions of a crime that occurred and took part in an online mock interview, instructed to convince the interviewer of their innocence. There were three interview approaches, the control condition and the manipulation conditions of minimization and maximization. Afterwards, they were asked to complete a questionnaire about their risk perceptions and their rapport with the interviewer. While there were no significant differences between the interview approaches, there were indications that minimization increased the perceived likelihood and severity of punishment, and the perceived likelihood cooperation brings benefits, while it decreased the perceived extent of benefits through cooperation. Maximization increased the perceived likelihood of punishment and the perceived extent of benefits, while decreasing the perceived likelihood cooperation brings benefits. Overall, this study emphasizes the need for more research into the influence of minimization and maximization while taking into account factors like the suspect´s sense of guilt or evidence strength.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/87474
Export this item as:BibTeX
EndNote
HTML Citation
Reference Manager

 

Repository Staff Only: item control page