Chapter 15 - Psychology in the Courts Psychology and law...

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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 Eyewitnesses (EW) How persuasive are EWs?
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Psychology in the Courts Loftus (1974, 1979) studies Circumstantial evidence only Circumstantial evidence + eyewitness Circumstantial evidence + discredited eyewitness
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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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% of wrongful convictions due to EW testimony? Huff et al. (1987) estimates 60%
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Chapter 15 - Psychology in the Courts Psychology and law...

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