1st Edition

The Future of Forensic Psychology Core Topics and Emerging Trends

    182 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    182 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Future of Forensic Psychology: Core Topics and Emerging Trends is an authoritative text that presents state-of-the-art research from rising stars in the field. Presented in an accessible way, it draws on cutting-edge research to analyse both core topics and current trends in forensic psychology.

    Borne out of the internationally recognized House of Legal Psychology doctorate programme, the book features eighteen authors from different international contexts who evaluate current and emerging topics in the field. The book is divided into three sections; eyewitness memory and testimony, investigative interviewing and, deception detection and legal decision making. Each section contains in-depth research and includes classics topics such as factors affecting eyewitnesses and determining deceit in investigations. The book also covers newer exciting developments within the field, including credibility in asylum contexts, alibies and cross-cultural aspect of interviewing.

    Offering an insightful summary of the field today, this book is an indispensable read for students and researchers of forensic psychology, legal psychology and criminology. It will also be of great interest to practitioners in the judicial system.

    Contributor biographies

    by Sara Landström, Pär Anders Granhag and Peter van Koppen

    Part one: Eyewitness memory and testimony

    Chapter 1. Misreporting episodic memories: Causes and consequences for the criminal legal system
    by Joanne Rechdan and Andrew Clark

    Chapter 2. Intersections between metamemory and eyewitness testimony
    by Renan Benigno

    Chapter 3. The effects of acute stress on eyewitness memory
    by Carey Marr

    Part two: Investigative interviewing

    Chapter 4. Cross-cultural investigative interviews
    by Nkansah Anakwah

    Chapter 5. Cognitive barriers to obtaining information during investigative interviews
    by Nicole Adams-Quackenbush

    Chapter 6. Lack of cooperation in witness interviews
    by Alejandra De La Fuente Vilar

    Chapter 7. Priming in investigative interviewing: A critical review
    by David A. Neequaye

    Chapter 8. Pragmatic inferences in investigative interviewing
    by Meghana Srivatsav

    Chapter 9. The discouraging past and promising future of research on innocent suspects’ alibis
    by Shiri Portnoy

    Chapter 10. Interviewing suspects with the Strategic Use of Evidence (SUE) technique
    by Serra Tekin

    Part three: Deception detection and legal decision making

    Chapter 11. Lie detection in forensic interviews
    by Haneen Deeb and Aleksandras Izotovas

    Chapter 12. Trust, doubt, and symptom validity
    by Irena Boskovic

    Chapter 13. Risk assessment and the influence of bias
    by Jennifer Kamorowski

    Chapter 14. Tunnel vision and falsification in legal decision-making
    by Enide Maegherman

    Chapter 15. Fact-finding in asylum cases
    by Tanja Van Veldhuizen


    Sara Landström is a Professor in Psychology at University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her research interest is legal and investigative psychology. She has published over 50 research papers in international peer-review journals, edited a Swedish handbook on legal psychology and frequently serves as an expert witness in criminal cases, and as an expert in governmental investigations.

    Pär Anders Granhag is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He has been working in the field of legal psychology for over 30 years and has published over 300 research papers and ten books. He has served as an expert witness in over 50 legal cases and has given seminars to different groups within the legal field for 25 years.

    Peter van Koppen is a Psychologist and Emeritus Professor of Legal Psychology at the Faculty of Law of VU University Amsterdam and professor of Legal Psychology at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. He has served as expert witness in many cases, advised police teams frequently and published 35 books, 125 articles and 100 chapters in edited volumes on various subjects in legal psychology.

    Fresh perspectives and up-to-date research on leading topics in experimental forensic psychology (eyewitnesses, investigative interviewing and deception detection) delivered by an international team of experts.  A terrific resource for both researchers and students. 

    Steven Penrod, Distinguished Professor of psychology at John jay College of criminal justice, New York, NY, USA 


    The breadth and depth of research in legal psychology today is perfectly captured here by international scholars who bring fresh new perspectives to the field. Each contribution provides a synthesis of the psychological factors and expert knowledge that can assist legal decision makers from investigation to outcome in court. Amina Memon, Professor of Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK