Minimal Social Exclusion: A Means to Increased Information Gain in Human Intelligence Interviews?

A series of experimental studies addressing 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

Research questions

  • Does a brief episode of social rejection increase individuals’ proclivity to share sensitive information in an interview setting?

Principal investigator

Professor Pär Anders Granhag

Institution

University of Gothenburg, UK

Staff

Outputs

Masterclass in eliciting intelligence information

CREST Researchers delivered a masterclass on intelligence interviewing to over fifty practitioners from European government, police and military organisations. The day covered new techniques...Read More »