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Countermeasures Against the Strategic Use of Evidence Technique: Effects on Suspects' Strategies

Journal article
Authors T. J. Luke
M. Hartwig
B. Shamash
Pär-Anders Granhag
Published in Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling
Volume 13
Issue 2
Pages 131-147
ISSN 1544-4759
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Psychology
Pages 131-147
Language en
Keywords interviewing, interrogation, deception, Strategic Use of Evidence, counter-interrogation strategies, lie detection, deception, judgments, accuracy, metaanalysis, innocence, truth, Criminology & Penology, Psychology
Subject categories Psychology


As the Strategic Use of Evidence (SUE) technique becomes more widely taught to practitioners, it is important to investigate possible countermeasures to the technique. It is possible that guilty suspects who are aware of the SUE technique will employ forthcoming verbal strategies to make themselves appear innocent. Mock suspects committed a richly detailed simulated transgression (or a benign analogue) and were interviewed about their activities. Prior to questioning, some suspects received information about SUE tactics the interviewer was likely to use. Guilty suspects who were informed about the SUE technique employed more verbally forthcoming strategies than their uninformed counterparts. Guilty suspects who were given SUE information also reported planning for the interview in different ways. However, guilty-informed suspects did not become as forthcoming as innocent suspects overall. In sum, it appears that information about the SUE technique induces guilty suspects to alter their strategies, but only to a relatively small degree.

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