Judicial Decision Making: Is Psychology Relevant?

Hardcover | July 31, 1999

bylawrence Wrightsman

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This book examines decision making by appellate judges from a psychological viewpoint. The process of deciding a case, from the initial decision whether to grant certiorari to the final announcement of a decision, is analyzed using contemporary concepts from the field of psychology, especially social cognition theory. The impact of amicus briefs submitted to the courts by the American Psychological Association is evaluated.

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This book examines decision making by appellate judges from a psychological viewpoint. The process of deciding a case, from the initial decision whether to grant certiorari to the final announcement of a decision, is analyzed using contemporary concepts from the field of psychology, especially social cognition theory. The impact of...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:275 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.27 inPublished:July 31, 1999Publisher:Springer USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0306461544

ISBN - 13:9780306461545

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Table of Contents

1. How Do Judges Decide? 2. Opinion Formation and Expression. 3. Attempts to Influence Judges. 4. The Role of the Chief Justice. 5. Responses to Influence. 6. History of the Psychology - Law Relationship. 7. The American Psychological Association's. 8. The APA's Amicus Attempts to Influence the Supreme Court. 9. Unsuccessful Attempts to Influence the Court. 10. The Future of the Psychology - Law Relationship. References. Name Index. Subject Index.

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`This book should certainly be in a Christmas stocking of any non-lawyer likely to act as an expert witness or whose work involves challenging the legal profession to change. It also should be of great interest to litigation lawyers, whether they are directly involved in persuading courts to listen to science or merely a general interest. It remains to be said that Wrightman writes extremely well, at least from a non-scientist's perspective. Judicial Decision-Making is clear, concise and jargon-free, enabling a lawyer to follow the scientific discussion with confidence.' Applied Cognitive Psychology 15:693-701 (2001)