Presentation on Research Paper Elements

Research Topic

  • This is the first element of the research paper.
  • The topic is the subject matter being discussed.
  • The topic for the paper is “Examining the duo impact of interrogation tactics and suspect characteristics on false confessions”.


  • The role of DNA exonerations in highlighting incidences of false confessions.
  • Overview of police interrogations.
  • Overview of suspect characteristics.
  • The issue of false memories


  • A general presentation of the problem under scrutiny.
  • Explanation of the purpose of the research paper.
  • Presenting evidence on DNA exonerations (Kassin, Drizin, Grisso, Gudjonsson, Leo, & Redlich, 2010).
  • Thesis statement.

Literature Review

  • This part comprises of scholarly articles detailing the topic.
  • It comprises of an examination of what other scholars are saying about the topic.
  • Informs the reader about knowledge and ideas surrounding the topic.

DNA Exonerations

  • Overview of DNA exonerations
  • The first DNA exoneration
  • Popular case laws on DNA exonerations
  • Percentages.

(Kassin et al., 2010; “Associated Press”, 2017).

Issues in False Confessions

  • The problem of proving innocence in the court of law
  • Methods used in identifying false confessions
  • Overview of the type of crimes that records highest exonerations.

(Kassin et al., 2010),

False Memories

  • Definition
  • Factors affecting the development of false memories
  • The role of persuasion strategies in the development of false memories.
  • The misinformation effect

(Leding, 2012; Narchet, Meissner, and Russano, 2011)

Interrogation Techniques and False Confessions

  • Literature review on types of interrogation techniques
  • Overview of minimization techniques
  • Overview of maximization techniques

(Narchet, Meissner, & Russano, 2011; Frenda, Berkowitz, Loftus, & Fenn, 2016).

  • Overview of a study examining the impact of maximization techniques
  • The “ALT Key” paradigm
  • Study conclusions

(Frenda, Berkowitz, Loftus, & Fenn, 2016; Safarik, Ann, & Burgess, 2012).

Personal Factors in False Confessions

  • How age influences false confessions
  • The effect of intellectual disabilities on false confessions
  • The role of personality in false confessions
  • Vulnerable personalities.

(Perillo & Kassin, 2011).

Conclusions from the Review of Literature

  • Police interrogation techniques have a significant influence in false confessions
  • Suspect characteristics also influence false confessions
  • False memories play a key role in false confessions

Gaps and Contradictions in Literature

  • There are concerns that seasoned inmates who are seeking legal advice often refuse to cooperate with interrogators due to mistrust.
  • It is still unclear why people make voluntary confessions to crimes they did not commit, holding certain factors constant such as mental illness, retardation, escaping punishment, and seeking publicity.
  • There is incomplete data on the role of cognitive and psychological factors in contributing to false confessions

Recommendations for Further Research

  • There is need to conduct research on appropriate length on interrogation sessions.
  • There is need to examine the impact of use false evidence to minors.
  • There is need for future research in interrogator’s abilities to tell whether a suspect is telling the truth or lying.


  • The interplay of police interrogation techniques and suspect characteristics influence the he likelihood of suspects making false confessions.
  • Persons with personality disorders are also at increased risk of false confessions.
  • Majority of false confessions involve juveniles


  • Associated Press. (2017, March 21). Virginia governor pardons ‘Norfolk 4’ sailors in 1997 rape and murder. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved from story.html
  • Frenda, S. J., Berkowitz, S. R., Loftus, E. F., & Fenn, K. M. (2016). Sleep deprivation and false confessions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113(8):2047-2050.
  • Kassin, S. M., Drizin, S. A., Grisso, T., Gudjonsson, G. H., Leo, R. A., & Redlich, A. D. (2010;2009;). Police-induced confessions: Risk factors and recommendations. Law and Human Behavior, 34(1), 3-38. doi:10.1007/s10979-009-9188-6
  • Leding, J. K. (2012). False memories and persuasion strategies. Review of General Psychology, 16(3), 256-268. doi:10.1037/a0027700
  • Leo, R. A. (2009). False confessions: causes, consequences, and implications. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 37(3): 332-343.
  • Mnookin, J. L. (2015). Constructing evidence and educating juries: The case for modular, made-in-advance expert evidence about eyewitness identifications and false confessions. Texas Law Review, 93(7), 1811.
  • Mnookin, J. L. (2015). Constructing evidence and educating juries: The case for modular, made- in-advance expert evidence about eyewitness identifications and false confessions. Texas Law Review, 93(7), 1811.
  • Narchet, F. M., Meissner, C. A., & Russano, M. B. (2010;2011;). Modeling the influence of investigator bias on the elicitation of true and false confessions. Law and Human Behavior, 35(6), 452-465. doi:10.1007/s10979-010-9257-x
  • Perillo, J. T., & Kassin, S. M. (2011). Inside interrogation: The lie, the bluff, and false confessions. Law and Human Behavior, 35(4), 327-37. doi:
  • Safarik, Mark E,M.S., V.S.M., Burgess, Ann W,D.N.Sc, A.P.R.N., & Burgess, A. G., D.B.A. (2012). FALSE CONFESSION vs. investigative logic. Forensic Examiner, 21(1), 8-17. Retrieved from  docview/1239519408?accountid=34899
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