Psychology Club Speaker Series

Ohlone College Psychology Club logo.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?

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

Previous Speakers

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