Forensic and Legal Psychology

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Macmillan, Dec 24, 2010 - Psychology - 464 pages
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Using research in clinical, cognitive, developmental, and social psychology, Forensic and Legal Psychology shows how psychological science can enhance the gathering and presentation of evidence, improve legal decision-making, prevent crime, rehabilitate criminals, and promote justice.  Although the emphasis is on psychological research, the textbook makes extensive use of actual cases and real trials to engage students and to illustrate the relevance of research findings. Written in a clear, student-friendly style, Forensic and Legal Psychology is designed for both the psychology and law AND forensic psychology class. Visit the preview site for more information: www.worthpublishers.com/costanzokrausspreview
 

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Contents

Psychology and Law A Cautious Alliance
1
Interrogations and Confessions
29
Lie Detection
51
The Psychology of Forensic Identification DNA Fingerprints and Physical Trace Evidence
75
Criminal Profiling and Psychological Autopsies
97
Jury Selection
121
Eyewitness Identification and Testimony
139
Competency to Stand Trial
163
Child Custody Disputes and Parental Competence
253
Juries and Judges as DecisionMakers
273
Predicting Violent Behavior The Psychology of Risk Assessment
299
Workplace Law Harassment Discrimination and Fairness
325
Corrections Sentencing Imprisonment and Alternatives
349
The Death Penalty
375
GLOSSARY
389
REFERENCES
1

The Insanity Defense
185
Battered Women Syndrome Rape Trauma Syndrome and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
211
Interviewing Children and Memories of Sexual Abuse
235

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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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