Suggestibility in Legal Contexts is a comprehensive guide to the theory, research and forensic implications related to suggestibility in legal contexts. It traces the history of the topic from the early twentieth century to the present, including its post–1970s resurgence after the publication of the seminal research of Elizabeth Loftus.
The text engages with the investigative and theoretical controversies that have attended the subject, including controversial topics such as recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse in adulthood, and coerced or false confessions.
Core chapters are structured thematically and cover salient aspects of the field such as research on immediate versus delayed suggestibility; memory conformity and the relationship between suggestibility and vulnerability factors including age, intellectual disabilities, personality and memory. The text also outlines witness interview techniques that can reduce the effect of suggested evidence in legal cases.
Series Preface xi
1 Suggestibility: A History and Introduction 1Anne M. Ridley
2 The Misinformation Effect: Past Research and Recent Advances 21Quin M. Chrobak and Maria S. Zaragoza
3 Interrogative Suggestibility and Compliance 45Gisli H. Gudjonsson
4 Suggestibility and Memory Conformity 63Fiona Gabbert and Lorraine Hope
5 Suggestibility and Individual Differences: Psychosocial and Memory Measures 85Anne M. Ridley and Gisli H. Gudjonsson
6 Recovered Memories and Suggestibility for Entire Events 107James Ost
7 Suggestibility and Individual Differences in Typically Developing and Intellectually Disabled Children 129Kamala London, Lucy A. Henry, Travis Conradt and Ryan Corser
8 Suggestibility in Vulnerable Groups: Witnesses with Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Older People 149Katie L. Maras and Rachel Wilcock
9 Acute Suggestibility in Police Interrogation: Self–regulation Failure as a Primary Mechanism of Vulnerability 171Deborah Davis and Richard A. Leo
10 Suggestibility and Witness Interviewing using the Cognitive Interview and NICHD Protocol 197David J. La Rooy, Deirdre Brown and Michael E. Lamb
11 Suggestibility in Legal Contexts: What Do We Know? 217Anne M. Ridley, Fiona Gabbert and David J. La Rooy