Influence of behaviors associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder on the course of a police interview

Katie Logos, Neil Brewer, Robyn Young

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Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)sometimes exhibit unusual behaviors that may lead to adverse interactions with criminal justice professionals (e.g., police and judges) and unfavourable impressions with jury members. Previous mock-juror and deception detection studies suggest that displays of certain behaviors that characterize ASD individuals are often interpreted as signs of attempts to deceive and indicative of low credibility. In two experiments we examined observer impressions and decision making when a suspect displayed characteristic ASD behaviors during a police interview and whether observers’ impressions were moderated by the direction(incriminating or exonerating) and strength of other police evidence.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventAmerican Psychology-Law Society Annual Conference 2019 - Portland, United States
Duration: 13 Mar 201916 Mar 2019


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  • ASD
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Criminal justice
  • Interviews
  • Juror decisions
  • Suspects


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