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Witch persecutions and torture: Comment on Alison and Alison (2017)
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience, Clinical Neuroscience.
2017 (English)In: American Psychologist, ISSN 0003-066X, E-ISSN 1935-990X, Vol. 72, no 7, p. 703-704Article in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In their article Alison and Alison (2017) argue that historical experiences speak against the efficacy of torture. In this comment experiences from the witch persecutions in Europe during the 15th to 17th centuries that support this notion are discussed. Converging data suggests that torture was often instrumental in making large numbers of suspects confess to flying children through the air to nocturnal satanic meetings, during this period. A comparison of the number of false self incriminating confessions given during the Swedish witch trial in the parish of Rättvik 1671 (before royal sanction of torture was given) and the parish of Ockelbo 1675 (after royal sanction of torture was given) is used to illustrate this point.

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2017. Vol. 72, no 7, p. 703-704
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torture, enhanced interrogations, witch persecutions, false confessions
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Applied Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-141451DOI: 10.1037/amp0000200ISI: 000412440500010PubMedID: 29016176OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-141451DiVA, id: diva2:1154766
Available from: 2017-11-04 Created: 2017-11-04 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved

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