ES Monthly Talk, Dr Faye Skelton - When innocent becomes guilty: The psychology of false confessions
It is difficult to imagine admitting to something that you didn't do, especially something so serious as committing murder. There are however numerous documented cases of innocent people confessing to crimes they didn't commit, and suffering severe consequences. Aside from those who voluntarily confess, others are vulnerable to persuasive interviewing tactics, and some even come to believe that they are guilty. From personality factors to threats and torture, join Faye to explore the psychology of false confessions and what can be done to prevent them.
Faye has been a lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University since December 2014, where she is programme leader of the MSc Applied Criminology and Forensic Psychology programme. Her main research interests are applied aspects of memory and face recognition. As a lecturer and public speaker, she applies her research to cognitive, cultural and ethical aspects of the legal system. This includes eyewitness testimony, police facial composites, witness and suspect interviews, and confessions, detection of deception, and false and recovered memories.
She had her Edinburgh Fringe Festival debut in 2017 with her Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas show 'Fitness to Witness', and you can catch her at the Fringe again this summer with 'Suspect Confessions'.
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