Chapter One. The Psychology of Suspects' Decision-Making during Interrogation

  1. Ray Bull Professor3,
  2. Tim Valentine PhD member Scientific staff Professor of Psychology Fellow4 and
  3. Tom Williamson
  1. Michel St-Yves forensic psychologist1 and
  2. Nadine Deslauriers-Varin PhD Project Manager2

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470747599.ch1

Handbook of Psychology of Investigative Interviewing: Current Developments and Future Directions

Handbook of Psychology of Investigative Interviewing: Current Developments and Future Directions

How to Cite

St-Yves, M. and Deslauriers-Varin, N. (2009) The Psychology of Suspects' Decision-Making during Interrogation, in Handbook of Psychology of Investigative Interviewing: Current Developments and Future Directions (eds R. Bull, T. Valentine and T. Williamson), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470747599.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of Leicester, England, UK

  2. 4

    Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Behavioral Analysis Service, Sûretédu Québec (Quebec Police Force), École nationale de police du Québec (Quebec National Police Academy), School of Criminology, University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada

  2. 2

    School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University, BC, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 21 SEP 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470512678

Online ISBN: 9780470747599

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Keywords:

  • psychology of suspects' decision-making during interrogation;
  • human behaviour, influenced by multitude factors;
  • individual, criminal, contextual - influencing suspect's decision in confessing;
  • contextual factors - most influential in decision-making process;
  • interrogation methods - currently in use in North America;
  • decision-making process and crime confession;
  • controlling abuses and misconduct - audiovisual recording of interrogations;
  • strategies and ruses to obtain confessions - whether acceptable;
  • criminal factors in decision-making - nature and seriousness of crime;
  • major factors, influencing decisions of confessing or not to

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The decision-making process

  • Influencing factors on the decision-making process

  • Are all interrogation techniques and strategies acceptable?

  • Conclusion

  • References