The Psychology of False Confessions: Forty Years of Science and Practice - Wiley Series in Psychology of Crime, Policing and Law (Hardback)
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The Psychology of False Confessions: Forty Years of Science and Practice - Wiley Series in Psychology of Crime, Policing and Law (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 29/06/2018
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Provides a comprehensive and up-to-date review of the development of the science behind the psychology of false confessions

Four decades ago, little was known or understood about false confessions and the reasons behind them. So much has changed since then due in part to the diligent work done by Gisli H. Gudjonsson. This eye-opening book by the Icelandic/British clinical forensic psychologist, who in the mid 1970s had worked as detective in Reykjavik, offers a complete and current analysis of how the study of the psychology of false confessions came about, including the relevant theories and empirical/experimental evidence base. It also provides a reflective review of the gradual development of the science and how it can be applied to real life cases.

Based on Gudjonsson's personal account of the biggest murder investigations in Iceland's history, as well as other landmark cases, The Psychology of False Confessions: Forty Years of Science and Practice takes readers inside the minds of those who sit on both sides of the interrogation table to examine why confessions to crimes occur even when the confessor is innocent. Presented in three parts, the book covers how the science of studying false confessions emerged and grew to become a regular field of practice. It then goes deep into the investigation of the mid-1970s assumed murders of two men in Iceland and the people held responsible for them. It finishes with an in-depth psychological analysis of the confessions of the six people convicted.

Written by an expert extensively involved in the development of the science and its application to real life casesCovers the most sensational murder cases in Iceland's historyDeep analysis of the `Reykjavik Confessions' adds crucial evidence to understanding how and why coerced-internalized false confessions occur, and their detrimental and lasting effects on memory

The Psychology of False Confessions: Forty Years of Science and Practice is an important source book for students, academics, criminologists, and clinical, forensic, and social psychologists and psychiatrists.

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
ISBN: 9781119315667
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


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"Police investigators, judges, fact finders and legal practitioners must always be aware of the potential fragility of suspects' confessions, however superficially plausible and convincing they might appear on initial consideration. This book explains why and should be mandatory reading for all professionals involved in the criminal justice system." -Counsel Magazine "The Psychology of False Confessions brings together Dr. Gudjonsson's beginnings as an Icelandic police detective and his decades as a false confession expert to unravel the tangled web that led to the conviction of these innocent young men and a woman based on their confessions alone. There is often an uneasy relationship between psychology and criminal justice, particularly when psychology challenges such deeply entrenched beliefs as that an innocent person would never confess to a serious crime. Dr. Gudjonsson's uncompromising integrity and courage in the face of often virulent opposition have effected a major change in our thinking about police-induced confessions. This is a book to be read by anyone with an interest in psychology, law and the exoneration of the innocent." -Lorca Morello, July 2020

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