Kyle Scherr, Ph.D.

Kyle ScherrPosition: Experimental Faculty
Department: Psychology 
Campus Address: Sloan Hall 232, 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.


Graduate Students:

Dr. Scherr will be accepting graduate students for the 2015-2016 Academic Year. If you are interested in applying to work with Dr. Scherr, it is strongly encouraged that you contact him before applying.


Recent Publications:

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Scherr, K.C. & *Franks, A.S. (in press). The world is not fair: An examination of innocent and guilty suspects' waiver decisions.  Law and Human Behavior.

*Franks, A.S., & Scherr, K.C. (in press). Using moral foundations to predict voting behavior: Regression analyses from the 2012 U.S. Presidential election.  Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy.​

Scherr, K.C., Miller, J.C., Kassin,  S.M. (2014). "Midnight Confessions": The effect of chronotype asynchrony on admissions of wrongdoing. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 36, 321-328.

*Franks, A.S., & Scherr, K.C. (2014). A sociofunctional Approach to Predjudice at the Polls: Are Atheists More Politically Disadvantaged than Gays and Blacks? Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 44, 681-691.

Scherr K. C., Madon, S. (2013). "Go Ahead and Sign: An Experimental Examination of Miranda Waivers and Comprehension."  Law and Human Behavior, 37, 208-218
Guyll, M., Madon, S., Yang, Y., Lannin, D., Scherr, K. C., & Greathouse, S. (2013).
Innocence and resisting confession during interrogation: Effects on physiological activity. Law and Human Behavior, 37, 366-375
Madon, S., Yang, Y., Smalarz, L., Guyll, M., & Scherr, K. C. (2013). How Factors Present During The Immediate Interrogation Situation Produce Short-Sighted Confession Decisions. Law and Human Behavior, 37, 60-74
Madon, S., Guyll, M., Scherr, K. C., Willard, J., Spoth, R. & Vogel, D. (2013). The role of the self-fulfilling prophecy in adolescents' responsiveness to a substance use prevention program. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43, 1784-1798
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.