Max Guyll


My research focuses on criminal interrogations and intelligence interviews.  In particular, I examine the psychological processes associated with various interrogation tactics and how they influence suspects’ cognitive, emotional, physiologic and behavioral reactions, including the decision of whether or not to confess to a crime.  Current work in my lab explores the role of rapport in gaining suspect compliance, how such effects are mediated, and the importance of interviewer and suspect personalities in potentiating the effects of rapport within the interrogation context.  I also investigate the effects of suspects’ actual innocence and guilt for the purpose of understanding the processes that produce false confessions.