My Road to Digital Forensics Excellence

Human Nature versus Cold-hard Evidence

Posted by Paul Bobby on February 5, 2009

From this weeks’ 60-second psych podcast at

When an Innocent Confesses to a Crime

New research shows the persuasive power of a false confession. It seems the confession itself can corrupt other evidence that may excuse a defendant.

Not too much of an issue in the corporate investigative realm; nevertheless a valid qualitative study in to human nature, and how it can be manipulated by the persuasive power of the confession.

As I gain experience in the world of corporate investigations, I am becoming more and more aware that the successful investigation relies more on the understanding of human nature than on the technical black-and-white’ness of technical evidence. Technical artifacts have their place in the final report, but whether or not they carry weight should be determined by the skilled individual who can determine the human nature impact.


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