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People are more likely to give false confessions if they're sleep deprived

February 2016

In a recently released study, Distinguished Professor of Social Ecology Elizabeth Loftus and her co-authors, found that people who stay awake all night are much more likely to say they did something that they really didn't do. People who stayed awake all night were almost five times more likely to sign a false confession than those who got sleep. “It’s the hardest thing for people to really believe, but people admit to all kinds of horrendous things,” says Loftus.

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