Kyle Scherr, Ph.D.

Position: Experimental Faculty
Department: Psychology 
Campus Address: Sloan Hall 229, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859 



Dr. Scherr received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Iowa State University in 2011. Before moving to Central Michigan, he taught several undergraduate courses (Social Psychology, Research Design, and Research Statistics) at Iowa State University.  In addition to his research and teaching at Central Michigan, Kyle consults with various legal professionals and gives talks for interviewing groups and seminars.

Research Interest:

Dr. Scherr’s current research projects examine the psychology and law topic of police interrogations.  This research looks at various psychological causes for why suspects offer confessions during police interrogations and psychological factors that influence suspects’ comprehension of and willingness to waive their Miranda rights.  His past research examined the influence of false beliefs on people’s outcomes via self-fulfilling prophecies – specifically, the influence of mother’s false beliefs on their adolescents’ alcohol use and educational attainment.


Recent Publications:

Scherr K. C., Madon, S. (in press). "Go Ahead and Sign: An Experimental Examination of Miranda Waivers and Comprehension."  Law and Human Behavior.
Guyll, M., Madon, S., Yang, Y., Lannin, D., Scherr, K. C., & Greathouse, S. (in press).
Innocence and resisting confession during interrogation: Effects on physiological activity. Law and Human Behavior.
Madon, S., Yang, Y., Smalarz, L., Guyll, M., & Scherr, K. C. (in press). How Factors Present During The Immediate Interrogation Situation Produce Short-Sighted Confession Decisions. Law and Human Behavior.
Madon, S., Guyll, M., Scherr, K. C., Willard, J., Spoth, R. & Vogel, D. (in press). The role of the self-fulfilling prophecy in adolescents' responsiveness to a substance use prevention program. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.
Madon, S., Guyll, M., Scherr, K. C., Greathouse, S., & Wells, G. L. (2012). Temporal discounting: The differential effect of proximal and distal consequences on confession decisions. Law and Human Behavior, 36, 13-20.
Willard, J., Madon, S., Guyll, M., Scherr, K. C., & Spoth, R. (2012).  The accumulation of shared expectations.  European Journal of Social Psychology, 42, 497-508.
Scherr, K. C., & Madon, S. (2012).  You have the right to understand: The deleterious effect of stress on Miranda comprehension.  Law and Human Behavior, 36, 275-282. 
Madon, S., Willard, J., Guyll, M., & Scherr, K. C. (2011).  Self-fulfilling prophecies: Mechanisms, power, and links.  Social and Personality Compass, 8, 578-590.
Scherr, K. C., Madon, S., Guyll, M., Willard, J., & Spoth, R. (2011).  Self-verification as a mediator of mothers’ self-fulfilling effects on children’s educational attainment.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 587-600. 
Guyll, M., Madon, S., Prieto, L., & Scherr, K. C. (2010). The potential roles of self-fulfilling prophecies, stigma consciousness, and stereotype threat in linking Latino/a ethnicity and educational outcomes. Journal of Social Issues, 66, 113-130.

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