Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

You have the right to remain silent and look guilty

Date:
June 26, 2013
Source:
British Psychological Society (BPS)
Summary:
Saying 'no comment' in a police interview can make you look guilty, according to a study from the United Kingdom.

Saying ‘no comment’ in a police interview can make you look guilty.

This is the finding of research by Siobhan Finnegan and Dr. Stella Bain, Glasgow Caledonian University that will be presented at the Division of Forensic Psychology annual conference today, Wednesday 26 June 2013 at Queen’s University Belfast.

The study focussed on juror’s perceptions of a suspect’s believability and whether this was affected by the suspect’s verbal responses in a police interview.

Siobhan explained: “Given the instruction that defendants have the right to remain silent it is important to understand jurors’ perceptions of a suspect’s believability based on whether they choose to comply with police during their interview.”

Four police statements were given to 34 participants who rated each for believability and then gave their verdict. The scenario given was based on an incident in a bar where a man was attacked by four men and suffered life threatening injuries equivalent to a charge of attempted murder.

The results showed that suspects who choose to say little or nothing were seen as more likely to be guilty and less credible.

Siobhan said: “Compliant suspects were generally perceived to be more believable and found not guilty whereas the opposite was the case for those who refused to cooperate. This research has not sought to question the strengths evident within current legal practice or the rights of a defendant, however it has provided insight into how a suspects’ chosen behaviours in a police interview can influence how they are perceived in court.”


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by British Psychological Society (BPS). Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

British Psychological Society (BPS). "You have the right to remain silent and look guilty." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 26 June 2013. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130626113422.htm>.
British Psychological Society (BPS). (2013, June 26). You have the right to remain silent and look guilty. ScienceDaily. Retrieved September 30, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130626113422.htm
British Psychological Society (BPS). "You have the right to remain silent and look guilty." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130626113422.htm (accessed September 30, 2014).

Share This



More Science & Society News

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

How 'Yes Means Yes' Defines Sexual Assault

How 'Yes Means Yes' Defines Sexual Assault

Newsy (Sep. 29, 2014) Aimed at reducing sexual assaults on college campuses, California has adopted a new law changing the standard of consent for sexual activity. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Why Is Big Tobacco Voluntarily Warning You About E-Cigs?

Why Is Big Tobacco Voluntarily Warning You About E-Cigs?

Newsy (Sep. 29, 2014) Big tobacco companies are voluntarily printing health warnings on their e-cigarette packages — a move some are calling part of a PR strategy. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Why Pediatricians Endorse IUDs, Implants For Teens

Why Pediatricians Endorse IUDs, Implants For Teens

Newsy (Sep. 29, 2014) New recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics point to intrauterine devices and implants as good forms of birth control for teens. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
New Corvette Can Secretly Record Convos And Get You Arrested

New Corvette Can Secretly Record Convos And Get You Arrested

Newsy (Sep. 28, 2014) The 2015 Corvette features valet mode – which allows the owner to secretly record audio and video – but in many states that practice is illegal. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Science & Society

Business & Industry

Education & Learning

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins