PSY 360: Psychology and Law

Section CRN Instructor Time
48253 Dr. Charles Goodsell M, W 1:00pm - 2:20pm

Issues of considerable importance to the criminal justice system can be addressed using empirical techniques from psychology. How well do police interrogation tactics work? How accurate is polygraphy? Is eyewitness memory reliable? How do juries make decisions? The colloquium covers a range of issues at the intersection between psychology and the law. Topics include the psychology of criminal behavior, lie detection, the death penalty, the insanity defense, civil commitment, eyewitness memory, false memories, and repressed memories, children in the courtroom, and jury decision making. Issues will be examined with a mixture of directed readings, projects, and class discussion.