Chapter 15 for spring 07

Chapter 15 for spring 07 - Psychology in the Courts...

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Psychology in the Courts Psychology and law Forensic psychology Competency assessments Insanity Predictions of dangerousness, risk assessments Sexual offenders, psychopathology, etc. Legal psychology Jury decision making Eyewitness memory and identifications Death penalty Police interrogations and confessions
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Psychology in the Courts How persuasive are EWs? Loftus (1974, 1979) studies Circumstantial evidence only Circumstantial evidence + eyewitness Circumstantial evidence + discredited eyewitness
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Psychology in the Courts Persuasiveness of EW testimony Loftus (1974, 1979) study Circumstantial evidence only 18% voted guilty Circumstantial evidence + eyewitness 72% voted guilty Circumstantial evidence + discredited eyewitness 68% voted guilty
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Psychology in the Courts Wrongful convictions Estimated # of wrongful convictions = .5% 14.1 million arrests (U.S.) 3 million arrests for serious crimes 1.5 million result in conviction .5% = 7,500
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