Research at the investigative interviewing laboratory is conducted by Dr. Christian Meissner and his colleagues at the University of Texas at El Paso. Our research examines the social and cognitive psychological processes that underlie the interviewing of individuals in forensic settings. As such, our research has three primary foci, including (1) factors that influence eyewitness memory and lineup identification; (2) the detection of deception in forensic interviews; and (3) techniques employed in the interrogation of suspects and other non-cooperative individuals that lead to confessions. Generally speaking, researchers in our lab are interested in applying basic research in social and cognitive psychology to develop interview protocols and identification methods that will improve the diagnostic value of information obtained by law enforcement and intelligence personnel. Please feel free to explore our web pages and learn more about our research at UTEP.
NEWS AND RECENT PUBLICATIONS BY LAB MEMBERS
A recent article in the UTEP Alumni magazine profiled Drs Meissner and Hosch and highlighted the work of the Investigate Interviewing Laboratory at UTEP. You can read the article by clicking here.
* Horgan, A.J., Russano, M.B., Meissner, C.A., & Evans, J.R. (in press). The role of consequences in decisions to confess. Psychology, Crime & Law.
JOIN THE LAB
* Undergraduate students at UTEP interested working in the lab should investigate our research projects and then contact Dr. Houston via email.
* Prospective graduate students are encouraged to contact Dr. Meissner for more information about the laboratory and on-going projects, and to view the Legal Psychology Ph.D. Program website for information about our graduate program.