Kyle C. Scherr
My primary research projects examine the psychology and law topic of police interrogations. This research looks at various psychological causes for why suspects offer confessions during police interrogations and psychological factors that influence suspects’ willingness to waive their interrogation rights (e.g., Miranda rights). I also examine social psychological issues focusing on expectancy effects and prejudice. Some of this research has looked at the influence of false beliefs on people’s outcomes via self-fulfilling prophecies—specifically, the influence of mother’s false beliefs on their adolescents’ alcohol use and educational attainment. Other projects in this line of research have looked at prejudice and discrimination directed at minority status political candidates.
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I have taught classes at both Iowa State University and Central Michigan University. These classes include Social Psychology, Research Design, Research Statistics, Introductory Psychology, Psychology and Law, Advanced Psychology and Law, and Sports Psychology.
In addition to my research and teaching at Central Michigan, I consult with various legal professionals and give talks for interviewing groups and seminars.
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Why do people confess to crimes they did not commit, why do innocent suspects make the disadvantagous decision to waive their interrogation rights? The answers to these questions are quite complex and involve combinations of cognitive processes, social influences, and dispositional factors. It is not surprising, then, that these issues have proven to be incredibly difficult for people to appreciate. Nonetheless, these outcomes carry substantial consequences for suspects, the legal system, and society as a whole.