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Unformatted text preview: Psychology and Law PSY646W Fall 2005 Instructor: Prof. Kipling Williams Office: Psyc Sci 2166 Phone: x40845 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.psych.purdue.edu/Social/faculty/kip.htm Office hours: Tuesdays from 9.30-11.30am or by appointment. Seminar Meetings: Wednesdays, 1:30 4:20, Psyc 2102 Subject Description: We will examine various aspects of the legal process from an experimental psychological perspective. The primary focus is on the impact that these processes have on trial participants specifically, and society generally. Many sub-disciplines of experimental psychology are represented in this course, including memory, perception, psycholinguistics, social psychology, developmental psychology, and personality. This is not a class on criminology or the criminal mind. Thus, we will not examine profiling or criminal psychopathology. This is also not a course on the law or the impact of clinical psychology on the field of law. We will note instances in which empirical psychology has made an impact. We may, however, cover some aspects of the insanity plea because such pleas, and the basis upon which they are made, affect the perceptions of judges and juries, their decision-making, and verdicts. Readings: Brewer, N., & Williams, K. D. (Eds.) (2005). Psychology and Law: An Empirical Perspective . New York: Guilford Press. This book covers the primary experimental work being done in psychology that is -2- related to the law. The coverage in the book roughly represents the proportion of research being done on each topic; so, more chapters are devoted to eyewitness issues than trial tactics because there is more research on eyewitness issues. There is an additional topic I want to cover, as well, and this is the research, theory, and implications of coercing false confessions. Thus, we will include research by Kassin and also by Lassiter that speaks to this important issue. If there is another topic that also by Lassiter that speaks to this important issue....
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