Social Psychology and Law
- Define and give examples of "estimator variables" and "system variables" that
can interfere with accurate eyewitness identification, and explain how processes
for interviewing eyewitnesses can be improved to minimize these biases.
- Explain the conditions under which false confessions occur and under which
people may come to believe their own false confessions.
- Describe how a polygraph ("lie detector") test works, and explain the
limits of its use.
- Explain how factors such as a defendants physical attractiveness,
socioeconomic status, and race can affect jury verdicts.
- Indicate which characteristics of jurors are, and are not, good predictors
- Explain the story model of juror decision-making.
- Describe how jury size can affect jury decision-making.
- Explain how a psychologist expert witness could most effectively
present their research to juries.