Psych 2990: Topics in Applied Psychology
Chapter 2: The Psychology of Police Investigators
Describe the Reid model of interrogation and summarize the rationale for its use.
Outline three potential problems with the Reid model of interrogation.
Differentiate among false, retracted, and disputed confessions.
Define the three major types of false confessions.
Explain why the police use criminal profiling and outline three potential problems
with its use.
Explain what geographic profiling is and how it can be used in police
− two goals when conducting interrogations:
− (1) gain info that furthers investigation
− (2) obtain confession from suspect
− N.A. sometimes use Reid model of interrogation to interrogate suspects
− Reid model advocates use of psychologically based interrogation tactics
—breaks down suspect’s resistance to tell truth
− Tactics used in Reid model of interrogation broken down= minimization
and maximization techniques
− three potential problems with Reid model
− (1) inability of cops to accurately detect deception
− (2) biases resulting from presuming suspect= guilty
− (3) increased likelihood that suspects= false confessions
− false confessions must differentiate from retracted confessions and
− false confession= either intentionally fabricated or not based on actual
− retracted confession= an individual’s statement that his/her confessi