Gísli Guðjónsson

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Gísli Hannes Guðjónsson, CBE (born 26 October 1947) is an Icelandic Professor of Forensic Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry of King's College London. He is an internationally renowned authority on suggestibility and false confessions whose expert testimony was the basis for the convictions of the Birmingham Six and Guildford Four being overturned. He created the Gudjonsson suggestibility scale to measure how susceptible someone is to coercion during an interrogation.


He was born on 26 October 1947, and educated at Brunel University London (BSc, 1975) and the University of Surrey (MSc, 1977; PhD, 1981).[1]

In 1982, he coined the term memory distrust syndrome, to describe those who distrust their own memories and are motivated to rely on external (non-self) sources to verify the accuracy of memories.

He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2011 Birthday Honours for services to clinical psychology.[2][3]

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  1. ^ ‘GUDJONSSON, Prof. Gisli Hannes’, Who's Who 2016, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2016
  2. ^ "No. 59808". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2011. p. 7.
  3. ^ "Main list of the 2011 Queen's birthday honours recipients" (PDF). BBC News UK. Retrieved 11 June 2011.