Advances in Psychology and Law

Volume 1

  • Monica K. Miller
  • Brian H. Bornstein

Part of the Advances in Psychology and Law book series (APL, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. J. Guillermo Villalobos, Deborah Davis
    Pages 1-41
  3. Jeffrey S. Neuschatz, Stacy A. Wetmore, Kylie N. Key, Daniella K. Cash, Scott D. Gronlund, Charles A. Goodsell
    Pages 43-69
  4. Mauricio J. Alvarez, Monica K. Miller, Brian H. Bornstein
    Pages 119-158
  5. Helen M. Milojevich, Jodi A. Quas, Jason Z. Yano
    Pages 185-216
  6. Julia Lynn Mesler, George Anderson, Cynthia Calkins
    Pages 217-248
  7. Jennifer K. Robbennolt, Valerie P. Hans
    Pages 249-274
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 275-280

About this book


This first volume of an exciting annual series presents important new developments in the psychology behind issues in the law and its applications. Psychological theory is used to explore why many current legal policies and procedures can be ineffective or counterproductive, with special emphasis on new findings on how witnesses, jurors, and suspects may be influenced, sometimes leading to injustice. Expert scholars make recommendations for improvements, suggesting both future directions for research inquiries on topics and needed policy changes. Topics included in this initial offering have rarely been considered in such an in-depth fashion or are in need of serious re-thinking:
  • Interrogation of minority suspects: pathways to true and false confessions.
  • A comprehensive evaluation of showups.
  • The weapon focus effect for person identifications and descriptions.
  • The psychology of criminal jury instructions. 
  • Structured risk assessment and legal decision making.
  • Children’s participation in legal proceedings: stress, coping, and consequences.
  • Sex offender policy and prevention.
  • The psychology of tort law.
Demonstrating the scope and rigor that will characterize the series, Volume 1 of Advances in Psychology and Law will interest psychology and legal experts as well as practicing psychologists, and will inspire fresh thinking as the two fields continue to interact.


Law and Psychology interrogation minority suspect false confessions criminal jury instructions risk assessment legal decision making sex offenders psychology of tort law

Editors and affiliations

  • Monica K. Miller
    • 1
  • Brian H. Bornstein
    • 2
  1. 1.PhD Program, Univ. of NevadaCriminal Just.Dept.&Interdiscip.Soc.PsycRenoUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnLincolnUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-29405-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-29406-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2366-6099
  • Series Online ISSN 2366-6102
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