2017 James W. Carey Memorial Lecture - "Arresting Signs: From Miranda Waivers, Through False Confessions to Wrongful Convictions"

Date and Time

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 7:00 PM


DeVos Center » 122E - Loosemore Auditorium


Innocence does not protect against injustice. In fact, innocence can initiate a series of events that increase the likelihood of injustice in the form of wrongful convictions. Using evidence from experimental psychological science and wrongful conviction cases, Dr. Kyle Scherr (Department of Psychology, Central Michigan University) will detail the ways that innocence serves as a risk factor and influences suspects’ decision-making, communication, and experiences during police interrogations.

Dr. Scherr received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Iowa State University in 2011. Before moving to Central Michigan, he taught several undergraduate courses (Social Psychology, Research Design, and Research Statistics) at Iowa State University.  In addition to his research and teaching at Central Michigan, Kyle consults with various legal professionals and gives talks for interviewing groups and seminars.

Dr. Scherr’s current research projects examine the psychology and law topic of police interrogations.  This research looks at various psychological causes for why suspects offer confessions during police interrogations and psychological factors that influence suspects’ comprehension of and willingness to waive their Miranda rights.  His past research examined the influence of false beliefs on people’s outcomes via self-fulfilling prophecies – specifically, the influence of mother’s false beliefs on their adolescents’ alcohol use and educational attainment.

This event is sponsored by the Communication Studies Major Program of the School of Communications, with additional support from the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Sociology Department, the Psychology Department, the Psi Chi National Honor Society, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Provost’s Office.


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