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When Innocent Becomes Guilty: The Psychology of False Confessions

October 8, 2018 @ 6:15 pm - 8:30 pm

False Confessions Event Poster

Note: This is now a ticketed event (still free though)

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It is difficult to imagine admitting to something that you didn’t do, especially something so serious as committing murder. There are however numerous documented cases of innocent people confessing to crimes they didn’t commit, and suffering severe consequences. Aside from those who voluntarily confess, others are vulnerable to persuasive interviewing tactics, and some even come to believe that they are guilty. From personality factors to threats and torture, join Faye to explore the psychology of false confessions and what can be done to prevent them.

About the Speaker:
Dr Faye Skelton has been a lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University since December 2014, where she is programme leader of the MSc Applied Criminology and Forensic Psychology programme. Her main research interests are applied aspects of memory and face recognition. As a lecturer and public speaker, she applies her research to cognitive, cultural and ethical aspects of the legal system. This includes eyewitness testimony, police facial composites, witness and suspect interviews, and confessions, detection of deception, and false and recovered memories.

She has also brought her skills to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival over the past few years, with her Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas show ‘Fitness to Witness’ in 2017, and this summer’s with ‘Suspect Confessions’.

This is event is free to attend, although we will be asking for donations at the end of the talk. Participants are under no obligation whatsoever to donate, however please rest assured that the money we collect doesn’t end up in anyone’s pocket – it is used to fund our overhead costs, and travel/accommodation for our speakers who come from further afield.

Accessibility: As per the policy of the Admiral Bar, access to the venue “can only be provided to patrons who are sufficiently mobile and capable of independently evacuating premises, or with the minimum of assistance”. Unfortunately, this leaves the basement inaccessible to most wheelchair users.


October 8, 2018
6:15 pm - 8:30 pm


The Admiral Bar
72a Waterloo Street
Glasgow, G2 7DA United Kingdom
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