Sign in: Staff/Students
Professor Laurence Alison is Director of the Centre for Critical and Major Incident Psychology at the University. He is an expert in interrogation techniques:
“The more pressure you put on a person, the less likely they are to speak to you. You need to make them feel responsible for their choices.
“You can’t bullsh*t, you’ve got to mean it. (For example) ‘Ian, you don’t have to speak to me today. Whether you do or not isn’t up to me. It isn’t up to your solicitor. It’s up to you.’
“These are powerful tools to get inside someone’s head. But they’re not tricks. You have to be genuinely curious. There’s a reason this person has ended up opposite you, and it’s not just because they’re evil. If you’re not interested in what that is, you’re not going to be a good interrogator.”
The full article, entitled ‘The scientists persuading terrorists to spill their secrets’, has been published in The Guardian’s ‘long read’ section and can be found here.
The University of Liverpool Podcast entitled ‘Interrogations – Why respect gets results’ (episode 11) that features a lengthy interview with Laurence can be found here.
You must be logged in to post a comment.
All recent news
Study outlines mechanism behind rare blood clots linked to COVID-19 vaccine
Sex, drugs and rock’n’roll’? Link between taking illegal drugs and non-traditional sex found
Summer Term Events Programme – What’s on during week 2
Introducing Inspired Futures 2021
Take part in the Merseyside Bird Race – 22-23 April
Our paper on immune responses to COVID vaccine (mostly Pfizer) in 237 healthcare workers, 124 #SARSCoV2 naïve and 113 previously infected, from the PITCH consortium @pitchstudy is out as a pre-print today.
See if you can spot us in the new @NetflixUK series, The Irregulars! 📽️
Our @VictoriaGallery appears in it, as well as other locations across the city including St George’s Plateau, the Palm House in Sefton Park and Falkner Street in the Georgian Quarter.
Professor Michael Parkinson CBE, author of 1985's Liverpool on the Brink, and Liverpool Beyond the Brink in 2019, analyses the Caller Report, the Gov's Best Value inspection into Liverpool City Council