Psychology Club Speaker Series
The Ohlone College Psychology Club is proud to announce the Spring 2017 installment in the Psychology Club Speaker Series.
The Psychology of False Confessions by Dr. Patrick O’Reilly
The Ohlone Psychology Club Speaker Series presents “The Psychology of False Confessions,” by Dr. Patrick O’Reilly. In this one-hour talk, Dr. O’Reilly will explain some of the phenomena that lead innocent people to confess to crimes they never committed.
False confessions are actually much more common than most people think, and it’s the most vulnerable among us who are particularly prone to spending years (and even decades) in prison for crimes to which they confessed, but had no part in at all.
Why do people confess to crimes they didn’t commit?
What psychological factors play a role in false confessions?
How can people protect themselves against falsely confessing?
What can law enforcement, lawyers, and everyday people do to help those who are wrongly incarcerated due to false confessions?
- Thursday, March 30, 2017
- 7:00pm - 8:00pm
- Smith Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, Ohlone College, Fremont campus
- Event Parking: $4
- Smith Center Box Office / Information
About Dr. Patrick O'Reilly
Patrick O’Reilly is a clinical psychologist and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. He currently works at Napa State Hospital with patients with severe biological mental disorders.
About the Psychology Club Speaker Series
The Ohlone College Psychology Club began its Speaker Series in Spring of 2009 with the mission of hosting talks from professionals whose work contributes to critical thinking, skepticism, and science.
Each talk is focused on a specific theme which is the topic of discussion and learning at each of our weekly club meetings that semester. This allows us to invite a new prominent speaker to contribute her or his knowledge and perspective every semester. Lively conversation, debate, and collaboration are hallmarks of these events.
The talks are the result of the hard work of Psychology Club members who volunteer their time to plan and execute the entire event. All proceeds are used to fund future educational talks.
If you are interested in joining or learning more about the Ohlone College Psychology Club, please contact Sheldon Helms at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use these links to learn about past speaker events:
- Dr. Marty Klein: Pornography 2016: PornPanic, Public Health, and Porn Literacy, October 14, 2016
- Magda Brown "Overcoming Evil: Surviving the Holocaust", March 10, 2016
- An Evening with James Randi, October 15, 2015
- An Honest Liar - The Amazing Randi Story, April 3, 2015
- SGU-Geo Skeptical Extravaganza and Quiz Show, November 22, 2014
- Nancy Segal "Twins Raised Apart: The Science Behind the Stories", October 10, 2014
- Mary Johnson "How I Became a Nun and Disappointed Mother Teresa: An Examination of Commitment Mechanisms by a Former Nun", February 21, 2014
- Bryan & Baxter, Paranormal Claims Investigators, April 1, 2013
- Dr. Carol Tavris "Mistakes Were Made (but not by me)", October 12, 2012
- James Randi, "Prophecy, Divination, and Faith Healing", April 13, 2012
- Dr. Anthony Pratkanis, "Selling FlimFlam" The Social Psychology of Influence, October 28, 2011
- Dr. Eugenie Scott, "Evolution vs. Creationism", March 17, 2011
- "My Journey from Evil to Heroism" An Evening with Dr. Philip Zimbardo, November 18, 2010
- "Health Scams and Myths" An Evening with Brian Dunning, April 16, 2010
- "The Real Rain Man" An Evening with Kim Peek, October 30, 2009
- "Why People Believe Weird Things" An Evening with Michael Shermer, March 6, 2009