The Center for Law & Human Behavior

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO

 

 

 

 

FBI High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG): Intelligence Interviewing and Interrogation

Funded by the US government’s High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG), an international team of researchers is identifying and developing evidence-based approaches that improve the capabilities of professionals working in the field. This unclassified research program, now in its fifth year, demonstrates the powerful impact that innovative research can have for the benefit of society at large.  A virtual community of scientists is empirically evaluating interrogation methods with the goal of identifying existing techniques that are the most effective and developing new techniques to improve the collection of human intelligence in the interrogation booth.  Historically, there has been little research on the subject of interrogations for the purpose of collecting human intelligence (HUMINT) since US Government-sponsored research in the 1960s aimed at understanding the tactics used on NATO prisoners of war during the 1950-53 Korean Conflict. The HIG research program incorporates new insights and methods based on rigorous science to ensure practitioners are equipped with knowledge from the behavioral and social sciences that will make them better interrogators, interviewers and debriefers.  Working in partnership with the HIG, scientists are assessing critical issues that face interrogators, including those related to policies, procedures and training, and identifying areas of research that have the potential to contribute to best practices.

Learn more about the project HERE .

 

 

Researchers

 

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CHRIS MEISSNER, Ph.D., PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Iowa State University

Professor

Department of Psychology

 

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RONALD FISHER, Ph.D.

Florida State Univeristy

Professor

Department of Psychology

 

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MICHELE GELFAND, Ph.D.

Univeristy of Maryland

Professor

Department of Psychology

 

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JANE GOODMAN-DELHUNTY R, Ph.D., J.D.

Charles Sturt University

Professor

Department of Psychology

 

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MARIA HARTWIG, Ph.D.

RFCUNY - John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology

 

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CHRIS KELLY, Ph.D.

St. Joseph University

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology & Criminal Justice

 

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MELISSA RUSSANO, Ph.D.

Roger Williams University

Assistant Professor

Department of Criminal Justice

 

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PAUL TAYLOR, Ph.D.

Lancaster University

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology