Interrogation and Torture: The Dark Side of Deception and Law Enforcement

  • Daniel Cochece DavisEmail author
  • Cynthia Adarian Wartanian
  • Kimberly Beach
  • Danielle Blake Prentice


This chapter reviews the communicative aspects of interrogation, with a specific focus on the use of deception by law enforcement and intelligence officers, as well as the dark sides of interrogation, including the use of torture. There is clear evidence that various interrogation tactics have included harsh techniques, often resulting in false confessions. We also outline areas needing further research, such as cultural comparisons, the intercultural interrogation interview, and the degree to which questionable interrogation techniques are related with false confessions.


Arousal Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Coercion Deception Interrogation Law enforcement Nonverbal Persuasion Stimulation Terrorism Torture 


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  • Daniel Cochece Davis
    • 1
    Email author
  • Cynthia Adarian Wartanian
    • 2
  • Kimberly Beach
    • 3
  • Danielle Blake Prentice
    • 4
  1. 1.School of CommunicationIllinois State UniversityNormalUSA
  2. 2.Long IslandUSA
  3. 3.TorringtonUSA
  4. 4.San DiegoUSA

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