Wrightsman's Psychology and the Legal System

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Cengage Learning, May 16, 2006 - Psychology - 608 pages
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The author team for WRIGHTSMAN'S PSYCHOLOGY AND THE LEGAL SYSTEM, Sixth Edition combines complementary expertise, active research, writing careers, and real world experience (as consultants working within the legal system) to produce a comprehensive text that is unparalleled in scholarship and writing style. The authorship, research base and comprehensive coverage make this text popular with instructors and students. This text demonstrates the importance of psychology to understanding the legal system and the impact on individuals' everyday lives through the use of real cases and questions formed to create discussions of these cases.
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Psychology and the Law Impossible Choices
The Legal System and Its Players
Psychology of Crime
Psychology of Police
Crime Investigation Witnesses
Identification and Evaluation of Criminal Suspects
Between Arrest and Trial
Forensic Assessment in Criminal Cases Competence and Insanity
Jury Trials II Concerns and Reforms
Psychology of Victims
Children Adolescents and the Law
Punishment Sentencing and Corrections
Photo Credits
Name Index

Forensic Assessment in Civil Cases
The Trial Process
Jury Trials I Jury Representativeness and Selection

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Edie Greene is professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, where she also serves as Director of the Graduate Concentration in Psychology and Law. Her research applies principles of cognitive and social psychology to the legal system and focuses on decision making by judges, juries, attorneys, and witnesses; public perceptions of laws and laws' impact; and legal issues relevant to older adults. She serves as an expert witness on jury decision making and eyewitness reliability. A former president of the American Psychology-Law Society, she received the Society's 2008 Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring in Psychology and Law.

Kirk Heilbrun is currently a professor in the Department of Psychology, Drexel University. His current research focuses on juvenile and adult offenders, legal decision-making, and the evaluation and interventions associated with such decision-making. He is the Co-Director of the Pennsylvania Mental Health and Justice Center of Excellence, having previously served as president of both the American Psychology-Law Psychology/APA Division 41, and the American Board of Forensic Psychology. He received the 2004 Distinguished Contributions to Forensic Psychology award and the 2008 Beth Clark Distinguished Service Contribution Award from the American Academy of Forensic Psychology.

William H. Fortune received his J.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1964 and is currently an Alumni Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky at Lexington.

Michael T. Nietzel earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1973 and is currently President of Missouri State University.

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