False Confessions : Fear Of Being Alone And Social Susceptibility

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False Confessions: Fear of being alone and social susceptibility BreAnn Lindsey University of Central Oklahoma Author Note BreAnn M. Lindsey, Department of Psychology, University of Central Oklahoma Correspondence concerning this proposal should be addressed to BreAnn M. Lindsey, College of Education and Professional Studies. Department of Psychology, University of Central Oklahoma, 100 North University Drive, Edmond OK, 73034. Email: blindsey5@uco.edu Abstract The project replicates and extends the observation that being socially excluded significantly impairs the ability of ostracized people to act in their best interest. Participants will complete personality measures prior to receiving false projections about their inclusion or…show more content…
Coerced-compliant types of confession result from external pressures such as lengthy interrogations and stress inducing factors of the interrogation environment (Leo & Davis, 2009). The third type of false confession is the primary concern of this research design. Coerced-internalized confessions happen when the individual truly believes the confession and the individual giving the confession is often highly suggestible and susceptible (Kassin, 2005). False confessions are most likely when the suspect is suggestible and susceptible. Innocent individuals often have a naïve impression of the justice system and believe that justice will always be executed properly without even accidental perversion (Kassin, 2005). The need to belong and self-esteem are two factors that may increase the likelihood for an individual to falsely confess. Individuals described as having a high need to belong have a greater desire for acceptance than those with a low need to belong as exhibited by an elevated attention to social cues (Pickett, Gardner, & Knowles, 2004). The greater need for acceptance seen in high need to belong individuals makes them more likely to falsely confess due to the notion that a confession is the correct response dictated by perceived social norms. Those with self-esteem that is unstable in nature may have a decreased ability to emotionally rebound after a threat to self-esteem (Lupein, Seery, &
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