Psychology Applied to Law

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Thomson/Wadsworth, 2004 - Psychology - 376 pages
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PSYCHOLOGY APPLIED TO LAW is a friendly, engaging introduction to the exciting field of psychology and law. Drawing on research in social, cognitive, clinical, and developmental psychology, the author shows how psychology can be used to enhance the gathering of evidence, improve legal decision-making, and promote justice. Although the emphasis is on psychological research, the book makes extensive use of actual cases and real trials to draw students into the material and to illustrate the relevance of research findings. Concise but comprehensive, this brief introduction to the field gives professors the flexibility to assign additional books or articles. PSYCHOLOGY APPLIED TO LAW is a lively alternative to traditional textbooks.

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Contents

An Ambivalent Alliance
2
A Clash of Cultures
8
Roles Played by Psychologists Interested in Law
14
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Mark Costanzo is Professor of Psychology and co-director of the Center for Applied Psychological Research at Claremont McKenna College. He has published research on a variety of law-related topics including jury decision-making, sexual harassment, attorney argumentation, alternative dispute resolution, and the death penalty. He is author of JUST REVENGE: COSTS AND CONSEQUENCES OF THE DEATH PENALTY (St. Martin's Press,1997) and co-editor (with Stuart Oskamp) of VIOLENCE AND THE LAW (Sage Publications, 1994). Professor Costanzo has served as an expert witness and has appeared on national radio and television programs to discuss the applications of psychological science to the legal system. He serves on the editorial board of Law and Human Behavior and is co-organizer of the annual Claremont Symposium on Applied Psychology.

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