Psychology and Law: An Empirical Perspective


From the initial investigation of a crime to the sentencing of an offender, a wide range of practices within the criminal justice system draw on psychological knowledge. In this book, prominent cognitive and social psychology researchers analyze the processes involved in such tasks as interviewing witnesses, detecting deception, and eliciting eyewitness reports and identification from adults and children. Also analyzed are factors that influence decision making by jurors and judges, including the persuasive strategies used by lawyers. Throughout, findings from experimental research are translated into clear recommendations for improving the quality of evidence and the fairness of investigative and legal proceedings. The book also addresses salient methodological questions and identifies key directions for future investigation.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Neil Brewer
  • Kipling D. Williams
  • Carolyn Semmler
  • Martine B. Powell
  • Ronald P. Fisher
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 2005