© 2004

Interrogations, Confessions, and Entrapment

  • G. Daniel Lassiter
  • Is to help expose these largely unrecognized forms of psychological manipulation that undermine the integrity of American jurisprudence


Part of the Perspectives in Law & Psychology book series (PILP, volume 20)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. G. Daniel Lassiter, Jennifer J. Ratcliff
    Pages 1-8
  3. George R. Klare
    Pages 9-35
  4. Christian A. Meissner, Saul M. Kassin
    Pages 85-106
  5. Allison D. Redlich, Melissa Silverman, Julie Chen, Hans Steiner
    Pages 107-125
  6. Steven A. Drizin, Beth A. Colgan
    Pages 127-162
  7. Solomon M. Fulero, Caroline Everington
    Pages 163-179
  8. Ray Bull, Becky Milne
    Pages 181-196
  9. G. Daniel Lassiter, Andrew L Geers
    Pages 197-214
  10. Vanessa A. Edkins, Lawrence S. Wrightsman
    Pages 215-245
  11. Elizabeth C. Wiggins, Shannon R. Wheatman
    Pages 265-280
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 281-290

About this book


Coerced confessions have long been a staple of TV crime dramas, and have also been the subject of recent news stories. The complexity of such situations, however, is rarely explored even in the scientific literature.

Now in softcover, Interrogations, Confessions, and Entrapment remains one of the best syntheses of the scientific, legal, and ethical findings in this area, uncovering subtle yet powerful forces that often compromise the integrity of the criminal justice system. Editor G. Daniel Lassiter identifies the exposure of psychological coercion as an emerging frontier in legal psychology, citing its roots in the "third degree" approach of former times, and noting that its techniques carry little scientific validity. A team of psychologists, criminologists, and legal scholars asks—and goes a long way toward answering—important questions such as:

- What forms of psychological coercion are involved in interrogation?

- Are some people more susceptible to falsely confessing than others?

- What are the effects of psychological manipulation on innocent suspects?

- Are coercive tactics ever justified with minors?

-  Can jurors recognize psychological coercion and unreliable confessions?

- Can entrapment techniques encourage people to commit crimes?

- What steps can law enforcement take to minimize coercion?

Throughout this progressive volume, readers will find important research-based ideas for educating the courts, changing policy, and implementing reform, from improving police interrogation skills to better methods of evaluating confession evidence. For the expert witness, legal consultant, or student of forensic psychology, this is material whose relevance will only increase with time.


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Editors and affiliations

  • G. Daniel Lassiter
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyOhio UniversityAthensUSA

About the editors

G. Daniel Lassiter is Professor of Psychology at Ohio University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1984 and thereafter began a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at Northwestern University. He was a Visiting Faculty at the University of Florida before arriving at Ohio University in 1987.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Interrogations, Confessions, and Entrapment
  • Editors G. Daniel Lassiter
  • Series Title Perspectives in Law & Psychology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-48470-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-387-33151-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-387-38598-3
  • Series ISSN 0160-4422
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 290
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Law and Psychology
    Clinical Psychology
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