Accession Number:

AD0705132

Title:

THE 'TRUTH' ABOUT FALSE CONFESSIONS

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

STANFORD UNIV CA DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1970-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

20.0

Abstract:

One of the few experimental studies to focus upon variables which might play a role in police interrogation is Bems false confession research. He showed that subjects come to believe that their false statements are true when emitted in the presence of a discriminative truth stimulus. In an attempted replication, the present study sought evidence to support an alternative explanation of this finding, based upon decreased vigilance induced by the truth stimulus.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE