Minimal Social Exclusion: A Means to Increased Information Gain in Human Intelligence Interviews?
This project comprises a series of experimental studies to address the challenge of increasing the willingness of interviewees and informants to share reliable information with law enforcement and security/intelligence agencies by testing the impact of minimal social exclusion in pre-interview/pre-debrief procedures. The intervention is based on the well-established finding that even a short period of being or feeling ostracised makes an individual more eager to work with others.
The project will include the following elements:
- Literature review
- Experiment 1, testing participants’ inclination to share information that it is in their interests to keep hidden with or without a social exclusion manipulation
- Experiment 2, as Experiment 1 but with a terrorism-relevant scenario
- Does a brief episode of social rejection increase individuals’ proclivity to share sensitive information in an interview setting?