Psychological Science and the Law


Psychological Science and the Law



Psychological research can provide constructive explanations of key problems in the criminal justice system—and can help generate solutions. This state-of-the-art text dissects the psychological processes associated with fundamental legal questions: Is a suspect lying? Will an incarcerated individual be dangerous in the future? Is an eyewitness accurate? How can false memories be implanted? How do juries, experts, forensic examiners, and judges make decisions, and how can racial and other forms of bias be minimized? Chapters offer up-to-date reviews of relevant theory,experimental methods, and empirical findings. Specific recommendations are made for improving the quality of evidence and preserving the integrity of investigative and legal proceedings.


  • Introduction: Psychology and the Criminal Justice System, Amy Bradfield Douglass & Neil Brewer
  • 1. Criminal Profiling, Laura Fallon & Brent Snook
  • 2. Cognitive Bias in Legal Decision Making, Steve Charman, Amy Bradfield Douglass, & Alexis Mook
  • 3. Interrogations and Confessions, Stephanie Madon, Curt More, & Ryan Ditchfield
  • 4. Deception Detection, Christopher A. Gunderson & Leanne ten Brinke
  • 5. Eyewitness Memory, Sean M. Lane & Kate A. Houston
  • 6. Interviewing Witnesses and Victims, Lorraine Hope & Fiona Gabbert
  • 7. Child Witnesses, Thomas D. Lyon, Kelly McWilliams, & Shanna Williams
  • 8. False Memory, Maria S. Zaragoza, Ira Hyman, & Quin M. Chrobak
  • 9. Eyewitness Identification, James D. Sauer, Matthew A. Palmer, & Neil Brewer
  • 10. Identifying People from Images, David White & Richard Kemp
  • 11. Plea Bargaining, Miko M. Wilford, Annabelle Shestak, & Gary L. Wells
  • 12. Competence to Stand Trial and Criminal Responsibility, Lauren E. Kois, Preeti Chauhan, & Janet I. Warren
  • 13. Expert Testimony, Stephanie Marion, Jeffrey Kaplan, & Brian Cutler
  • 14. Jury Decision Making, Liana C. Peter-Hagene, Jessica M. Salerno, & Hannah Phalen
  • 15. Aggression, Violence, and Psychopathy, Devon L. L. Polaschek
  • 16. Judicial Decision Making, Gregory Mitchell
  • 17. Translating Psychological Science into Policy and Practice, Nancy K. Steblay



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Guilford Press


New York


Criminology and Criminal Justice | Psychology

Psychological Science and the Law
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