The Popular Policeman And Other Cases: Psychological Perspectives on Legal Evidence by W. A. WagenaarThe Popular Policeman And Other Cases: Psychological Perspectives on Legal Evidence by W. A. Wagenaar

The Popular Policeman And Other Cases: Psychological Perspectives on Legal Evidence

byW. A. Wagenaar

Paperback | January 22, 2006

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The role of psychologists, both in the courtroom and at the crime scene, is rapidly expanding. Surveying a wide range of international court cases, The Popular Policeman and Other Cases explores the critical—and often misunderstood—intersection of psychology and law.
The authors, both expert psychologists with extensive experience in the courtroom, are quite familiar with the fundamental differences between the law and psychology as an empirical science. As well as dealing with well-known and controversial issues such as recovered memories or false confessions, The Popular Policeman and Other Cases examines a variety of less traditional criminal topics, including illegal gambling, trademark litigation, and the perils of risky courtship behavior. Each chapter reviews an actual case, appraises the relevant scientific research, and then demonstrates how psychological insights were introduced within the courtroom. The authors conclude by noting the outcome of each case—and how their research played a role in the decision.
With its detailed investigation of the complex links between psychological research and its eventual application in the courtroom, The Popular Policeman and Other Cases fills a critical vacancy. It is virtually impossible for researchers to make significant progress within the field of law and psychology without experience as expert witnesses in actual trials. This casebook will be essential for their studies.
W. A. Wagenaar is professor of experimental psychology at the universities of Leiden and Utrecht, and a former Rector Magnificus of Leiden University. Hans Crombag is professor of law and psychology at the universities of Maastricht, Leiden, and Antwerp.
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Title:The Popular Policeman And Other Cases: Psychological Perspectives on Legal EvidenceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:286 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 0.8 inPublished:January 22, 2006Publisher:Amsterdam University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword
 
1. Illegal Gambling or the Victory Travel Club
2. On Causal Reasoning or Death in the Warmoesstraat
3. Consumer Confusion or Potato Chips and Olive Oil
4. Fiction and Reality of 'the Average Individual' or the Case of Old Mr. Lane
5. Case Histories and Scientific Proof or the Case of JR
6. Not a Good Story or the Disappearance of Maddy and Vicky
7. Conflicting Scenarios or the Case of the Man Who Needed a Companion
8. Two Processes Obstructing the Accuracy of Long-Term Memory or the Case of the Stolen Mercedes
9. Confessions after Repeated Interrogation or the Putten Murder Case
10. Collaborative Storytelling or the Artist's Models and an Angry Neighborhood
11. Allegation of Sexual Child Abuse in a Case of Disputed Visitation or Cindy's Story
12. Psychogenic Amnesia or the Case of the Amnesic Strangler
13. Obeying Reflexes or Death on the Climbing Wall
13. Visual Acuity or Shooting Mimi the Cat
15. Sexual Semiotics or the Case of the Popular Policeman
Postscript: Psychological Expertise and the Law
 
Bibliography
Name Index
Subject Index

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"This book is a most welcome addition to the literature on law and psychology. The work of two distinguished psychologists, it is authoritative, insightful, concrete, and eminently readable."