Do not lie to me, or else:the effect of a turncoat warning and rapport building on perceptions of police interviewers

Macdonald, Sarah and Keeping, Zak and Snook, Brent and Luther, Kirk (2017) Do not lie to me, or else:the effect of a turncoat warning and rapport building on perceptions of police interviewers. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 32 (3). pp. 263-277. ISSN 0882-0783

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Abstract

The effects of warning witnesses about lying (i.e., turncoat warning) and rapport building on perceptions of police interviewers were examined across two experiments. In experiment 1, participants (N = 59) were asked to assume the role of a witness when reading four interview transcript excerpts and rate the police interviewer on an eight-item attitudinal scale. Interviewers who warned witnesses about lying were viewed less favorably than when no warning was administered. Interviewers who used rapport-building techniques were viewed more favorably than those who did not attempt to build rapport. There was also a moderating interaction, whereby the use of rapport-building techniques offset the lower attitudinal ratings associated with the administration of the warning. In experiment 2, participants (N = 46) were asked to assume the role of a third party observer when reading four interview transcript excerpts and rate the police interviewer on a ten-item attitudinal scale. Results of experiment 2 replicated the findings from experiment 1. The potential implications of starting an interview by warning a witness about lying are discussed.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology
Additional Information:
The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11896-016-9219-4
Uncontrolled Keywords:
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84097
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Deposited On:
24 Jan 2017 14:02
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