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How to Interview to Elicit Concealed Information: Introducing the Shift-of-Strategy (SoS) Approach

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Authors Pär-Anders Granhag
Timothy Luke
Published in Detecting Concealed Information and Deception: Recent Developments
Pages 271-295
ISBN 9780128127308
Publisher Elsevier
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Psychology
Pages 271-295
Language en
Keywords Counterinterview strategy, Model-statement technique, ORBIT approach, Scharff-technique, Shift-of-strategy approach, SUE-C condition
Subject categories Psychology


In this chapter we will, for the first time, summarize a strand of research on how to make perpetrators reveal, rather than conceal, crime-relevant information. This novel approach draws on knowledge of suspects' counterinterview strategies, and particularly insights about how to obtain strategy shifts. We will provide empirical support for the theoretical account that strategic interviewing with respect to the available evidence will affect suspects' perception of the interviewer's knowledge, which, in turn, will lead to suspects shifting from withholding to more forthcoming counterinterview strategies. For the shift-of-strategy approach the elicited cues to deceit are not the end goal; they are the means to an end. The research program presented draws on lab-, field-, and survey-based research. © 2018 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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