chapter  7
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The psychology of interrogations and confessions

WithGisli H. Gudjonsson

The term ‘interrogation’ is principally used in the literature and in police practice to refer to the questioning of criminal suspects, typically involving a confrontation, whereas the term ‘interviewing’ is more commonly used in cases of witnesses and victims. The term

‘investigative interviewing’ has been proposed to cover both the interviewing of witnesses and suspects (Williamson 1993). However, for the purpose of this chapter we shall use the term ‘interrogation’ as we are specifically discussing the questioning of suspects.