Psychology and Law: Truthfulness, Accuracy and Credibility / Edition 2

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Psychology and Law shows how psychological research and theory can be used in a legal context. Written with advanced undergraduate students in mind, it focuses upon the pre-trial or investigative phase of the legal process. Obtaining and assessing witness evidence is a key part of any criminal investigation. Topics include witness accuracy and credibility, covering issues such as assessment of witness credibility, interviewing suspects and witnesses, eyewitness testimony, false beliefs and memory, the role of experts and juries.

This second edition has been revised and updated to reflect the large amount of new research in the area, making it the essential guide for all courses with a legal component.

Comment on the first edition:

"This is an excellent appraisal of the psychology of provides thorough, substantial and up-to-date accounts of modern developments." Denniss Howitt, Loughborough University, UK
* Written by well known and respected authors
* Suitable as an introductory, undergraduate text

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Meet the Author

Dr. Amina Memon is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Aberdeen. She has a first-class degree in psychology (1982) and a Ph.D. in psychology (1985). Her main areas of expertise are social and cognitive psychology. Dr. Memon has published widely on topics such as the investigative interviewing of child witnesses, police interviews, face recognition, eyewitness identification, the performance of elderly witnesses, false memories and jury decision making. Between 1991 and 1997. Dr. Memon conducted extensive psychological research on procedures for interviewing child witnesses for the purpose of obtaining complete and accurate witness reports.

Professor Aldert Vrij is Professor of Applied Social Psychology at the University of Portsmouth. His main area of expertise is deception, mainly the nonverbal and verbal characteristics of deception, and he has published widely on these issues. For conducting this research, he has received grants from the ESRC, the Leverhulme Trust, the Dutch Organisation of Scientific Research (the Dutch equivalent of the ESRC) and the Dutch Ministry of Justice. He gives workshops on deception to police officers in several countries on a regular basis.

Professor Ray Bull is Professor of Forensic Psychology at the University of Portsmouth. His main areas of expertise are police interviewing and the relationship between physical appearance and criminality, topics on which he has published extensively. He is regularly invited to present seminars and lectures to police audiences in many countries. His most recent externally funded research project was from the Innovative Research Challenge Fund of the Home Office for work on improving children’s face recognition performance.


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Table of Contents





Some Characteristics of Deception.

Nonverbal Behaviour and Deception.

Verbal Behaviour and Deception: Criteria-Based Content Analysis.

Physiological Reactions and Deception: The Polygraph.

Detecting Lies.

Difficulties and Pitfalls for Lie Detectors.

Summary and Conclusion.


Matching Faces to Crimes.


Facial Appearance and Deceit.

Police Officers.


Facial Surgery for Criminals.

Frequency of Facial Abnormality.

Weak Methodologies.

Does Facial Appearance have an Effect in the Courtroom?

Attributions of Responsibility.

Group Decision Making.


Real-Life Court Proceedings.

Summary and Conclusion.


How to Get the Suspect to Talk.

How to Let the Suspect Talk.

How Many Suspects Confess and Why?

Quality of the Interview.

False Confessions.

Summary and Conclusion.


The Effects of Long Delays.

Facial Identification.

Individual Differences.


Suggestion from Stereotypes.

Interviewing Vulnerable Witnesses.

Contributions from Cognitive Psychology.

Contributions from Social Psychology.

Interviewer Manner.

Summary and Conclusion.


Estimator Variables and System Variables in Eyewitness Identification.

Estimator Variables.

System Variables.

Summary and Conclusion.


Repression, Amnesia and Memory for Early Childhood Experiences.

Adults’ Memories for Traumatic and Non-traumatic Events.

Implanting False Memories.

Mechanisms Responsible for the Creation of False Memories and Beliefs.

Verifying the Accuracy of Recovered Memories in the Courtroom.

Summary and Conclusion.


The Jury System in Different Countries.

Empirical Research on Juries: Methodology.

Juror Characteristics.

How the Social Perceptions of Jurors May Influence Decisions.

Social Identity and Juror Decisions.

Prior Character Evidence.

Publicity Before and During the Trial.

The Story Model.


Aiding Juries.

Judge/Lawyer Characteristics.

Jury Deliberation.

Summary and Conclusion.


Admissibility of Expert Testimony.

Expert Testimony: Its Impact on Jury Decision Making.

Examples of Research on the Impact of Expert Testimony.

Ethical Issues.

The Hired Gun Effect.

Objectivity in Child Abuse Trials.

Summary and Conclusion.



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