Coral Dando, Professor of Psychology in the Faculty of Science and Technology wrote an article questioning the effectiveness of torture in interrogation techniques.

Relating the issue to president-elect Donald Trump’s claims that torture is a good idea when it comes to interrogation of terrorist groups, Professor Dando defines torture as intentional psychological and/or physical pain to gain information or simply to punish and notes that despite being prohibited worldwide, the use of torture appears to be increasing across the world.

Despite acknowledging the fact that dealing with individuals who threaten our security and appear to be withholding information, requires effort and the pressure to get results is significant, Professor Dando describes the evidence that torture works in such cases as anecdotal.

“We do know that aggressive behaviour does not help, but effective rapport building, and the way in which questions are presented and framed, can bring about cooperation and persuasion”, Professor Dando adds.

She suggests that a non-judgemental mindset on the part of the interrogator and framing questions differently in an attempt to get a desired answer might turn out to be more helpful than any torturing methods.

Coral Dando’s point is additionally supported by research that shows being fair and nice may be a far superior way of getting information out of people.

Read the whole article on The Daily Mail.

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