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Stephanie Madon

Stephanie Madon

Professor Madon's current program of research examines the underlying psychological, cognitive, and physiological processes that lead suspects to confess to crimes when interrogated by the police. Her work emphasizes the idea that police interrogation narrows suspects’ attentional focus, thereby causing them to make confession decisions more on the basis of proximal consequences (e.g., isolation, promises of leniency, lengthy questioning) than future consequences (e.g., conviction, imprisonment). Professor Madon also has interests in self-fulfilling prophecies which are false beliefs that lead to their own fulfillment. Within this content area, she has examined the link between self-fulfilling prophecies and social problems.

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Stephanie Madon
Department of Psychology
W112 Lagomarcino Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011-3180
United States

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