The Psychology of Evidence and Trial Procedure

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Kassin and Wrightsman's book concentrates on the single most important determinant of verdicts — the evidence and court procedure. It is divided into four parts: (1) an overview and historical perspective; (2) seven substantive topics like eyewitness accounts, confessions, and character evidence; (3) an examination of the major stages of trial procedure; and (4) a provocative discussion of the role that psychology does, and should, play in the judicial process. Written in non-technical language, this book should ...

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Overview

Kassin and Wrightsman's book concentrates on the single most important determinant of verdicts — the evidence and court procedure. It is divided into four parts: (1) an overview and historical perspective; (2) seven substantive topics like eyewitness accounts, confessions, and character evidence; (3) an examination of the major stages of trial procedure; and (4) a provocative discussion of the role that psychology does, and should, play in the judicial process. Written in non-technical language, this book should have a broad appeal to students, researchers and litigants alike.

'Chapters are extremely well written and documented. The work is highly recommended for advanced undergraduates, graduate students and legal profess

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  • ISBN-13: 9780803923799
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/1/1985
  • Pages: 384

Table of Contents

Preface - Saul M Kassin and Lawrence S Wrightsman
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
The Evidence and Trial Procedure - Wallace D Loh
The Law, Social Policy, and Psychological Research
PART TWO: EVIDENCE
The Eyewitness - Gary L Wells
Confession Evidence - Saul M Kassin and Lawrence S Wrightsman
The Probity of the Polygraph - David T Lykken
The Defendant's Testimony - David R Shaffer
Character Testimony - Martin F Kaplan
Survey and Field Experimental Evidence - Jacob Jacoby
Expert Psychological Testimony - Edith Greene, Jonathan W Schooler, and Elizabeth F Loftus
PART THREE: TRIAL PROCEDURE
Opening and Closing Statements - E Allan Lind and Gina Y Ke
Questioning Witnesses - Elizabeth F Loftus and Jane Goodman
Jury Instructions - Amiram Elwork and Bruce D Sales
Issues in Trial Management - Gordon Bermant
Conducting the Voir Dire Examination
PART FOUR: CONCLUSIONS AND CONTROVERSIES
The Evidence on Evidence - Peter W Sperlich
Science and Law in Conflict and Cooperation

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