Police Interrogations and Confessions
Publications
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Appleby & Kassin (2016). When self-report trumps science: Effects of confessions, DNA, and prosecutorial theories on perceptions of guilt. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law.

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Marion, Kukucka, Collins, Kassin, & Burke (2016). Lost proof of innocence: The impact of confessions on alibi witnesses. Law and Human Behavior.

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Vrij, Meissner, & Kassin (2015). Problems in expert deception detection and the risk of false confessions: No proof to the contrary. Psychology, Crime & Law, 21, 901-909

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Kassin (2015). The social psychology of false confessions. Social Issues and Policy Review.
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Kassin (2014). False confessions: Causes, consequences, and implications for reform. Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences.
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Honts, Kassin & Craig (2014). ”I’d know a false confession if I saw one”: A constructive replication with juveniles. Psychology, Crime and Law.
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Scherr, Miller & Kassin (2014). "Midnight Confession": The effect of chronotype asynchrony on admissions of wrongdoing. Basic and Applied Social Psychology.
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Kassin, Kukucka, Lawson & DeCarlo (2014). Does Video Recording Alter the Behavior of Police During Interrogation? A Mock Crime-and-Investigation Study. Law and Human Behavior.
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Kukucka & Kassin (2014).  Do confessions taint perceptions of handwriting evidence? An empirical
test of the forensic confirmation bias. Law and Human Behavior.

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Kassin, Dror, & Kukucka (2013). The forensic confirmation bias: Problems, perspectives, and proposed solutions. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition.
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Dror, Kassin, & Kukucka (2013). New application of psychology to law: Improving forensic evidence and expert witness contributions. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition.
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Appleby, Hasel, & Kassin (2013): Police-induced confessions: An empirical analysis of their content and impact. Psychology, Crime & Law.
  Kassin (2012). Why confessions trump innocence. American Psychologist. (for a reprint, email skassin@williams.edu).
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Kassin (2012). Paradigm shift in the study of human lie-detection: Bridging the gap between science and practice. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition.
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Kassin, Bogart & Kerner (2012). Confessions that corrupt: Evidence from the DNA exoneration case files. Psychological Science.
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Wallace & Kassin (2012). Harmless error analysis: How do judges respond to confession errors? Law and Human Behavior.
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Perillo & Kassin (2011). Inside interrogation: The lie, the bluff, and false confessions. Law and Human Behavior.
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Kassin, Drizin, Grisso, Gudjonsson, Leo, & Redlich (2010). Police-induced confessions: Risk factors and recommendations. Law and Human Behavior. [This is an official White Paper of the American Psychology-Law Society)
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Kassin, Drizin, Grisso, Gudjonsson, Leo, & Redlich (2010). Police-induced confessions, risk factors and recommendations: Looking ahead. Law and Human Behavior.
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Kassin, Appleby, & Perillo (2010). Interviewing suspects: Practice, science, and future directions. Legal and Criminological Psychology.
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Hasel & Kassin (2009). On the presumption of evidentiary independence: Can confessions corrupt eyewitness identifications? Psychological Science.
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Kassin (2008). The psychology of confessions. Annual Review of Law and Social Science.
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Kassin (2008). Confession evidence: Commonsense myths and misconceptions. Criminal Justice and Behavior.
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Kassin (2008). False confessions: Causes, consequences, and implications for reform. Current Directions in Psychological Science.
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Kassin (2007). Expert testimony on the psychology of confessions: A pyramidal model of the relevant science. In Borgida & Fiske’s Beyond Common Sense: Psychological Science in the Courtroom.
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Kassin, Leo, Meissner, Richman, Colwell, Leach, & La Fon (2007). Police interviewing and interrogation: A self-report survey of police practices and beliefs. Law and Human Behavior.
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Kassin (2007). Internalized false confessions. In Toglia, Read, Ross, & Lindsay's Handbook of eyewitness psychology, Volume 1. (For more information on this book, visit Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.)
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Kassin (2006).  A critical appraisal of modern police interrogations, in T. Williamson's Investigative interviewing:  Rights, research, regulation (For more information on the book, visit Willan Publishing).
  Kassin (2005).  On the psychology of confessions: Does innocence put innocents at risk? American Psychologist. (for a reprint, email skassin@williams.edu).  
Kassin & Gudjonsson (2005).  True Crimes, False confessions: Why do innocent people confess to crimes they did not commit? Scientific American Mind (for a reprint, email skassin@williams.edu). 
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Kassin, Meissner, & Norwick (2005).  "I'd know a false confession if I saw one":  A comparative study of college students and police investigators. Law and Human Behavior.

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Russano, Meissner, Narchet, & Kassin (2005).  Investigating true and false confessions within a novel experimental paradigm. Psychological Science.

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Kassin & Gudjonsson (2004). The psychology of confession evidence: A review of the literature and issues. Psychological Science in the Public Interest.
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Kassin & Norwick (2004). Why people waive their Miranda rights: The power of innocence. Law and Human Behavior.
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Kassin, Goldstein, & Savitsky (2003). Behavioral confirmation in the interrogation room: On the dangers of presuming guilt. Law and Human Behavior.
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Meissner & Kassin (2002). "He's guilty!": Investigator Bias in Judgements of Truth and Deception. Law and Human Behavior.
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Kassin (2001). Confessions: Psychological and forensic aspects. In Smelser & Baltes (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences.
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Kassin & Fong (1999). "I'm Innocent!": Effects of training on judgments of truth and deception in the interrogation Room. Law and Human Behavior.
Kassin (1998). More on the psychology of false confessions. American Psychologist.
  Kassin (1997). The psychology of confession evidence. American Psychologist. (for a reprint, email skassin@williams.edu).
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Kassin & Sukel (1997). Coerced confessions and the jury: An experimental test of the "harmless error" rule. Law and Human Behavior.
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Kassin & Neumann (1997). On the power of confession evidence: An experimental test of the "fundamental difference" hypothesis. Law and Human Behavior.
Click here for PDF reprint. Kassin (1997). False memories turned against the self. Psychological Inquiry.
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Kassin & Kiechel (1996). The social psychology of false confessions: Compliance, internalization, and confabulation. Psychological Science.
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Wrightsman & Kassin (1993). Confessions in the Courtroom. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
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Kassin & McNall (1991). Police interrogations & confessions: Communicating promises and threats by pragmatic implication. Law and Human Behavior.
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Kassin & Wrightsman (1985). Confession evidence. In Kassin & Wrightsman (Eds.), The psychology of evidence and trial procedure.
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Kassin & Wrightsman (1981). Coerced confessions, judicial instruction, and mock juror verdicts. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

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Kassin & Wrightsman (1980). Prior confessions and mock juror verdicts. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.
Stimulus Materials
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Kassin et al. (2007). The 8-page “National Investigators Survey” used in this study.
  Kassin & Neumann (1997). Click below for trial summaries of the confession conditions used in this study. Murder / Rape / Assault / Theft
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Kassin & Sukel (1997). 22-page transcript used in the baseline control group of this study.

In the Media
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CBS 48 Hours - Amanda Knox: The Untold Story, 10/8/11
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NBC Dateline – The Mystery in Rock Hill, 7/9/10
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CBS 48 Hours – Innocence Lost: The Yogurt Shop Murders, 1/9/10
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The Oprah Winfrey Show, "Coerced confession" featuring Marty Tankleff, 10/20/08
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ABC Primetime stories on false confessions, March 30, 2006.
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Confessions expert testimony passes the Frye test in Nassau County, NY. Newsday.com, Sept 15, 2005.
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Kassin op ed, "Videotape police interrogations," Boston Globe, April 26, 2004.
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"Why they lie and confess" - Tracey Tyler, Toronto Star, August 10, 2003.
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Kassin op ed, "False confessions and the jogger case," New York Times, November 1, 2002.
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Fear Factor: How far can police go to get a confession? - Court TV, November 19, 2002.

Links
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How do police get suspects to confess? Over the years, John E. Reid & Associates have trained many tens of thousands of law enforcement professionals.
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Investigating interrogation practices and false confessions in Canada, CBC has a web page to accompany their television news story, Inside the Interrogation Room.

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