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The right interview style is necessary for priming to work

News: Nov 06, 2018

Using priming as a tool to increase a person’s motivation to share information about a security threat is promising idea. To reap this potential benefit, however, the interviewer has to use an interview style that draws on the primed motivation and encourages the primed person to share information. These are some of the conclusions drawn from a new thesis from the University of Gothenburg.

Some research shows that individuals could be primed to share information about a security threat during an investigative interview. Priming means using subtle tactics to increase the ease with which a motivation influences a person’s behavior.

The aim of David Amon Neequaye’s thesis was to find out how priming works in an interview to provide law enforcement interviewers some guidance on how to use priming efficiently.

The findings of the investigation showed that priming predisposes a person toward sharing information. However, to reap the full benefits of priming the interviewer has to use an interview style that draws on the primed motivation and encourages the primed person to share information. These findings are preliminary, and there is much more investigation needed to fully uncover issues such as the methods, which law enforcement interviewers can use as priming tactics in the field.

David Amon Neequaye has elaborated on the results in an article in the magazine Crest Security Review, which you find here: https://www.crestresearch.ac.uk/csrflipbook/issue-8/?page=6


Contact:
David Amon Neequaye, david.neequaye@psy.gu.se, telephone +46 722587440

Thesis title: Eliciting Information in Intelligence Interviews through Priming: An examination of underlying mechanisms.
Digital publishing: http://hdl.handle.net/2077/57528

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