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Laurence Alison: Revenge vs Rapport in Securing Information from High Value Detainees

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This talk was recorded and presented for the launch of the OPRC, Opening Psychology for Changing Times in Summer 2021.

FCRG Strand Lead, Dr Lara Frumkin, introduces Professor Laurence Alison (University of Liverpool), followed by commentaries from Dr Zoe Walkington and Dr Jim Turner (The OU) and Q&A session.

A discussion of the way in which psychology - in an effort to secure information - drifted from its central rule of do no harm to causing deep psychological wounds. Professor Alison will then discuss how psychologists must do more to ensure such wounding never happens again and how they must pivot to a compassionate based approach that respects all human rights.

Key Readings:

ORBIT - The Science of Rapport-Based Interviewing for Law Enforcement, Security, and Military by Laurence Alison, Emily Alison, Neil Shortland, and Frances Surmon-Bohr. (Oxford University Press, 2021)

Rapport - The Four Ways to Read People by Laurence Alison and Emily Alison. (Penguin Publishing, 2020)

Revenge Versus Rapport: Interrogation, Terrorism, and Torture by Laurence Alison and Emily Alison. (American Psychological Association, 2017)

For further information see www.ground-truth.co.uk