Judicial Decision Making: Is Psychology Relevant? / Edition 1

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This book examines decision making by appellate judges from a psycholo gical viewpoint. The process of deciding a case, from the initial deci sion whether to grant certiorari to the final announcement of a decisi on, is analyzed using contemporary concepts from the field of psycholo gy, especially social cognition theory. The impact of amicus briefs su bmitted to the courts by the American Psychological Association is eva luated.

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Wrightsman (psychology, U. of Kansas) attempts to establish whether psychological analysis provides us with useful information about how judges make their professional decisions and evaluates whether the field has effectively influenced the courts. To do this, he addresses the following topics: how judges decide; opinion formation and expression; attempts to influence judges; the role of the chief justice; responses to influence; the history of the psychology-law relationship; the American Psychological Association's (APA) organized activity; the APA's attempts to influence the Supreme Court; unsuccessful attempts to influence the Court; and the future of the psychology-law relationship. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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'This book should certainly be in a Christmas sking of any non-lawyer likely to act as an expert witness or whose work involves challenging the legal profession to change. It also should be of great interest to litigation lawyers, whether they are directly involved in persuading courts to listen to science or merely a general interest. It remains to be said that Wrightman writes extremely well, at least from a non-scientist's perspective. Judicial Decision-Making is clear, concise and jargon-free, enabling a lawyer to follow the scientific discussion with confidence.'
Applied Cognitive Psychology 15:693-701 (2001)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306461545
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 7/31/1999
  • Series: Perspectives in Law and Psychology Series, #11
  • Edition description: 1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

1. How Do Judges Decide? 2. Opinion Formation and Expression. 3. Attempts to Influence Judges. 4. The Role of the Chief Justice. 5. Responses to Influence. 6. History of the Psychology - Law Relationship. 7. The American Psychological Association's. 8. The APA's Amicus Attempts to Influence the Supreme Court. 9. Unsuccessful Attempts to Influence the Court. 10. The Future of the Psychology - Law Relationship. References. Name Index. Subject Index.
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