THE 'TRUTH' ABOUT FALSE CONFESSIONS
STANFORD UNIV CA DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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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.