Reid Training: does it impact what happens in the interrogation room?

In an attempt to learn from the interrogator’s perspective, about how interrogators are trained, interrogation practices in general as well as if the techniques used differed when the suspect was a juvenile or adult, Cleary and Warner (2016) surveyed seasoned police from across the country. At the time they were surveyed, the officers were attending an intensive training at the FBI academy.… Read More

Juveniles and Miranda: What really goes on in the interrogation room?

Cleary and Vidal (2016) examined how Miranda warnings are presented in interrogations of juvenile suspects. The researchers’ innovative spin on this topic was that they looked at recordings of actual police interrogations from a variety of jurisdictions. Among other things, when they reviewed the recordings, the researchers noted the manner in which the Miranda warnings were delivered and how the police assessed the juveniles’ comprehension of the warnings.… Read More

Leaping without looking: adolescents, hormones, and risk

You’re running late. As you approach the railroad tracks, you hear the warning bells and notice the gates starting to drop. Do you stop and wait or dart across? According to recent research by Shulman and Cauffman (2013), how you assess the potential risks and benefits of these options could be influenced by your age.

As demonstrated by over a decade of research, the adolescent and adult brains operate in fundamentally different ways.… Read More