As noted in the Preface to Volume 1 in this series, the goal of Perspectives in Law and Psychology is to provide a forum for books aimed at systemati cally interfacing the two disciplines. Toward this end, Volume 1 pre sented a collection of original writings focused on the criminal justice system that grew out of a conference held at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Because that volume was based on conference proceedings, however, an attempt was not made to provide thorough coverage of all law-psychology issues in the criminal justice system; rather, it highlight ed a select few issues that were currently being investigated by some of the outstanding people in the field. This volume differs substantially from the first in that it attempts to bring together those psycholegal scholars who are doing the major re search on the trial process today and provides broad coverage of critical research on the trial. Thus, the chapters not only provide an extensive review of existing literature in this field but also present new contribu tions by these scholars.
Table of Contents1 The Trial: A Research Review.- 2 The Voir Dire Examination, Juror Challenges, and Adversary Advocacy.- 3 Reconstructive Memory Processes in Eyewitness Testimony.- 4 “... and Nothing but the Truth”: How Well Can Observers Detect Deceptive Testimony?.- 5 Ethnography and Experimentation: Partners in Legal Research.- 6 Person Perception and Jurors’ Reactions to Defendants: An Equity Theory Interpretation.- 7 Juror Deliberation: An Information Integration Analysis.- 8 The Impact of Rules of Jury Deliberation on Group Developmental Processes.- 9 Mathematical Models of Juror and Jury Decision-Making: The State of the Art.- 10 Decision Theory and Juror Decision-Making.- 11 Exploring Sources of Sentence Disparity.- 12 The Process of Sentencing Adult Felons: A Causal Analysis of Judicial Decisions.- 13 Sentencing by Parole Board: The Parole Revocation Decision.- 14 A Critique of Theory and Method in Social-Psychological Approaches to Legal Issues.