Finding the Truth in the Courtroom: Dealing with Deception, Lies, and Memories

 

In many criminal trials, forensic technical evidence is lacking and triers of fact must rely on the reliability of eyewitness statements, identifications, and testimony; however, such reports can be riddled with deceptive statements or erroneous recollections. Based on such considerations, the question arises as to how one should weigh such eyewitness accounts given the theoretical and empirical knowledge in this field. Finding the Truth in the Courtroom focuses on how legal professionals, legal/forensic psychologists, and memory researchers can decide when statements or identifications are based on truthful or fabricated experiences and whether one can distinguish between lies, deception, and false memories. 

The contributors, key experts in the field, assemble recent experimental work and case studies in which deception or false memory plays a dominant role.

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If you have a keen interest in forensic or legal psychology and you want to conduct some research in this area, then let me know. Also, I have regular meetings with colleagues in the field and students in which we discuss recent papers in the field of psychology, discuss recent data, and hold various workshops on different themes (statistics, presenting etc). Here too, if you are interested, please join! 

 

 

 

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