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.