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PSYCHOLOGY APPLIED TO LAW is a friendly, engaging introduction to the exciting field of psychology and law. Drawing on research in social, cognitive, clinical, and developmental psychology, the author shows how psychology can be used to enhance the gathering of evidence, improve legal decision-making, and promote justice. Although the emphasis is on psychological research, the book makes extensive use of actual cases and real trials to draw students into the material and to illustrate the relevance of research findings. Concise but comprehensive, this brief introduction to the field gives professors the flexibility to assign additional books or articles. PSYCHOLOGY APPLIED TO LAW is a lively alternative to traditional textbooks.

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Editorial Reviews

Bradley McAuliff excellent job of covering a wide breadth of material within the various domains of psychology and law in a cohesive manner that wasn't too overwhelming . . . readable without compromising the complexity or integrity of the issues discussed.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Brenda Russell
...this text would be fantastic for undergraduates in Criminal Justice and Law School students and laypersons interested in psychology and law.
Professor of Psychology, Castleton University
Cheryl Terrance
I especially appreciate the legal background that most textbooks on "psychology and law" lack.
Professor of Psychology, Carleton University
Kerri Pickel
I found this text to be very well-written overall. It's easy to understand and interesting. I think students will enjoy reading it.
Professor of Psychology, Ball State University
Margaret Bull Kovera
The key strength of the chapters is that they are easy and enjoyable to read and will most likely draw students into the subject matter . . . engaging and written in a manner that should be accessible to most every student taking a Psychology and Law class.
Professor of Psychology, Florida International University
Robert Mauro
The author does a very nice job raising the issues and summarizing the major findings for every topic covered. The brevity is laudable and refreshing.
Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon
Ronald Roesch
I like the author's approach to cover the key issues and research, but also leave time for instructors to assign supplementary readings…. The book is very readable. I think students taking a psychology and law course for the first time will come away with a good sense of the field. The material is clearly presented, and the case studies should engage the students in a way that may other psychology and law textbooks do not. . . . a lucid overview of a vast and complex field.
Director of Mental Health, Law, and Policy Institute, Simon Fraser University
Steven Penrod
...very well organized and written--an admirable piece of work...accessible without dilution of content.
Distinguished Professor of Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534366292
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Costanzo is Professor of Psychology and co-director of the Center for Applied Psychological Research at Claremont McKenna College. He has published research on a variety of law-related topics including jury decision-making, sexual harassment, attorney argumentation, alternative dispute resolution, and the death penalty. He is author of JUST REVENGE: COSTS AND CONSEQUENCES OF THE DEATH PENALTY (St. Martin's Press,1997) and co-editor (with Stuart Oskamp) of VIOLENCE AND THE LAW (Sage Publications, 1994). Professor Costanzo has served as an expert witness and has appeared on national radio and television programs to discuss the applications of psychological science to the legal system. He serves on the editorial board of Law and Human Behavior and is co-organizer of the annual Claremont Symposium on Applied Psychology.

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Table of Contents

1. Psychology and Law: An Ambivalent Alliance. 2. Interrogations, Confessions, and Lie Detection. 3. Profiles and Syndromes. 4. Competence and Insanity. 5. Juries and Judges. 6. Memory as Evidence: Eyewitness Testimony and Child Sexual Abuse. 7. Risk Assessment and Determination of Child Custody. 8. Workplace Law: Harassment, Discrimination, and Fairness. 9. Sentencing, Imprisonment, and the Death Penalty.

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