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Psychology and Law: An Empirical Perspective [Paperback]

Neil Brewer , Kipling D. Williams

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17 Sep 2007 1593855907 978-1593855901 1

From the initial investigation of a crime to the sentencing of an offender, many everyday practices within the criminal justice system involve complex psychological processes. This volume analyzes the processes involved in such tasks as interviewing witnesses, detecting deception, and eliciting eyewitness reports and identification from adults and children. Factors that influence decision making by jurors and judges are examined as well. Throughout, findings from experimental research are translated into clear recommendations for improving the quality of evidence and the fairness of investigative and legal proceedings. The book also addresses salient methodological questions and identifies key directions for future investigation.

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'Despite my usual skepticism about edited volumes, this one is really terrific! It comprises consistently high-quality, rock-solid chapters by accomplished researchers in each area. This volume could be used very effectively in psychology and law courses at both the advanced undergraduate and graduate levels.' - Stephen J. Ceci, PhD, Department of Human Development, Cornell University, USA

'Brewer and Williams have assembled an international roster of some of the very best researchers, and the resulting book not only provides a complete review of the literature, but also yields perspectives and applications that are important and insightful.' - Irwin A. Horowitz, PhD, Department of Psychology, Oregon State University, USA

'Featuring an impressive array of chapters written by leading experts, the book spans such core topics as police interviewing, deception detection, trial tactics, pretrial publicity, jury decision making, sentencing, eyewitness identifications, child witness testimony, and other aspects of law. At a time when it is necessary to separate the science from the junk, this book will serve as an invaluable resource for psychology students, criminal justice students, researchers, and legal professionals.' - Saul Kassin, PhD, Department of Psychology, Williams College, USA

'A valuable contribution... An exceptional volume to have and to use as a reference.' - APA PsycCRITIQUES

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Edited by Neil Brewer, PhD, School of Psychology, Flinders University, Australia; and Kipling D. Williams, PhD, Department of Psychological Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview of a difficult and very relevant subject 19 Oct 2005
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There are other books of interest on forensic and psychology of the law, but I was most impressed with this newly published text. If I were teaching this subject, I would assign this book for the class. I was particularly interested in the chapter on interviewing techniques, although, I think the authors missed an opportunity to integrate the techniques utilized by Alfred Kadushin (see, The Social Work Interview).

The text fully covers the field of jury analysis and witness testimony including the controversial subject of false memories. The chapters on trial tactics would be particular use for attorneys. The only shortcoming with this book and all others of this topic is the lack of discussion about the police interviewing known as the Reid Technique. There are critical books on this subject, but the books that devote themselves to psychology and the law seem to not directly address themselves to police interviewing. Probably all of the studies on interviewing skills are from clinical interviewing styles. In fact, most interviews that are part of criminal investigations are performed by police or those trained in police methods. The Reid technique is the leading method of police interviewing, but it is highly flawed.

In sum, as an attorney and a professional in the field of child abuse/neglect, I hope that students and professionals invest in this book for education in the field of forensic psychology/social work.
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