Wrightsman's Psychology and the Legal System,
9th Edition

Edie Greene, Kirk Heilbrun

ISBN-13: 9781337570879 | ISBN-10: 1337570877

Copyright 2019

| Published 2018

| 496 pages

List Price USD $239.95


Does trauma spark brazen acts? Are eyewitnesses accurate reporters? Can jurors distinguish truth from lies? Answer these and more in WRIGHTMAN'S PSYCHOLOGY AND THE LEGAL SYSTEM, 9th Edition. Real cases such as Bill Cosby and Dylann Roof illustrate the flesh and blood of the psychological issues considered in the book--from the motivations of offenders to discretion in sentencing. This book gives you an eye-opening overview of psychology's contributions to the legal system--and the many roles available to trained psychologists within the system.

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Meet the Authors

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Edie Greene is a Professor in 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 at Drexel University. His current research focuses on juvenile and adult offenders, legal decision-making, the evaluation and interventions associated with such decision-making, reentry and risk-reducing interventions. He 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, and the 2016 Distinguish Contributions to Psychology and Law from the American Psychology-Law Society.

  • New content examines controversial issues such as use of deadly force by police, coercive interrogation techniques, assessing risk of terrorism and hate crime laws.
  • "Critical thought questions" associated with updated case examples--e.g., Bill Cosby, Dylann Roof, the Boston Marathon bomber, Muslim students murdered in North Carolina and Jodi Arias--engage students in reflecting on what they've just read.
  • The authors present an updated review of the literature in straightforward and readable language.
  • Chapter 7, "Evaluating Criminal Suspects," presents detailed information on criminal profiling, including career paths of profilers. Significant updates include new material on cognitive methods of detecting deception, based on the premise that lying is more mentally taxing than telling the truth. The chapter also features new questioning methods to detect deceit.
  • Learning objectives ("orienting questions") at the beginning of each chapter guide students' reading. End-of-chapter summaries address the questions and reinforce concepts.
  • The coauthors--a cognitive psychologist and a clinical psychologist--have years of experience with the legal system, ensuring a well-developed and balanced approach.
  • The popular "The Case of" feature highlights real cases from recent headlines, making important legal concepts relevant and interesting to today's students.
  • A chapter on the psychology of corrections (Chapter 15, "Adult and Juvenile Corrections") focuses on post-adjudication issues. It contains separate sections for juveniles and adults, traditional institutional interventions and descriptions of interventions in the community that are of particular contemporary interest. The chapter also discusses the role of psychologists in jails and prisons and includes a section on psychological consequences of long-term incarceration.
  • Appendices with the Constitutional amendments, the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct and the Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology provide students with a well-rounded look at the psychology of law as well as the consolidation of all the information they need in one text.
  • Up-to-date research keeps the ninth edition current and authoritative. The text remains the best seller in its market for its comprehensive coverage, well developed writing style, use of interesting case studies to illustrate core principles and unwavering attention to relevant legal dilemmas.

Table of Contents

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1. Psychology and the Law: Choices and Roles.
2. The Legal System: Issues, Structure, and Players.
3. Psychology of Crime.
4. Psychology of Police.
5. Eyewitnesses to Crimes and Accidents.
6. Victims of Crime, Violence, and Adversity.
7. Evaluating Criminal Suspects.
8. Traditional Prosecutions.
9. Alternatives to Traditional Prosecutions.
10. Assessment in Criminal and Juvenile Cases.
11. Assessment in Civil Cases.
12. Preparing for Trials.
13. Jurors and Juries.
14. Punishment and Sentencing.
15. Adult and Juvenile Corrections.

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