The Center for Law & Human Behavior







Doctoral Dissertation Research:  “It’s (Not) Your Fault” – The Influence of Blame Mitigation and Guilt Induction on True Versus False Confessions.

False confessions remain an important social problem facing our criminal justice system. Research suggests that interrogation themes (which are similar to blame mitigation techniques; Malle, Guglielmo, & Monroe, 2014) can increase false confessions by minimizing a suspect’s perceptions of the consequences associated with confession (Horgan, Russano, Meissner, & Evans, 2012; Kassin et al., 2010). 


“Effectiveness of Army Field Manual interrogation techniques through the development of specific dimensions of rapport”

Executive Order 13491 limited interrogators to the use of interrogation approaches listed in the Army Field Manual 2 22.3. Very little research has evaluated these approaches. The proposed study will examine the effectiveness of Change of Scenery and We Know All Approaches, in combination with other approaches, with 120 participants.


Research on Offender Decision-Making and Desistance from Crime

Theories of criminal behavior emphasize different thinking styles as a key factor that underlies offenders’ motivation to commit crime.


Sex Differences in the Mechanisms that Promote Nicotine Reward and Withdrawal

This project includes behavioral (place conditioning paradigm) and neurochemical (in vivo microdialysis) approaches to examine the mechanisms that mediate developmental sensitivity and sex differences to nicotine reward and withdrawal.


Insulin Mechanisms of Diabetes-Evoked Enhancement of Nicotine Reward

This project examines the neurochemical mechanisms by which insulin promotes the rewarding effects of nicotine.


Evaluation of a Law Enforcement Motor – Vehicle Crash Prevention Program

This project will provide support to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Safety Research, in the development, implementation and management of a collaborative research project entitled “Evaluation of Law Enforcement Motor-Vehicle Crash Prevention Program”.


Homeland Security Series

The Homeland Security Symposium Series addresses educational and supplemental training needs identified by DHS and other homeland security enterprise stakeholders.