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The Psychological Foundations of Evidence Law

Michael J. Saks and Barbara A. Spellman


Trials are supposed to be not only fair and accurate but also efficient. Evidence law is meant to facilitate trials, and, at the same time, to encourage and protect important societal values and relationships. In pursuit of these goals, those who create the rules (i.e., common-law judges and modern drafting committees) must engage in amateur applied psychology. Their task requires them to employ what they think they know about the ability and motivations of witnesses to perceive, store, and retrieve information; about the effects of the litigation process on testimony and other evidence; and a ... More

Keywords: applied psychology, cognitive psychology, evidence law, interdisciplinary, litigation, psychological research, psychology, rules of evidence, social psychology, trials

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781479880041
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479880041.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael J. Saks, author
Arizona State University

Barbara A. Spellman, author

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