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The Routledge International Handbook of Legal and Investigative Psychology

ISBN 9780367345570
Published September 27, 2019 by Routledge
342 Pages

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The Routledge International Handbook of Legal and Investigative Psychology explores contemporary topics in psychological science, applying them to investigative and legal procedures. Written by recognized scholars from around the globe, this book brings together current research, emerging trends, and cutting-edge debates in a single comprehensive and authoritative volume.

Drawing from both research and practice, this handbook highlights many important issues such as: how to investigate and prosecute rape; the value of emotional affect in homicide investigations; and factors affecting jurors’ and suspects’ decision making. By considering current research, the authors inform both legal and investigative professionals of findings that are of direct relevance to them, and the steps that can be taken to improve efficiency.

This collection will inform investigative and legal professionals, advanced psychology students, academics, researchers, and policy makers. It will also be of great interest to researchers from other disciplines, including criminology, policing, and law.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors


Ray Bull and Iris Blandon-Gitlin

  1. The Right to Remain Silent: Realities and Illusions
  2. Saul M. Kassin, Kyle C. Scherr and Fabiana Alceste

  3. Roar or ‘PEACE’: Is it a ‘Tall Story’?
  4. Ray Bull

  5. True and False Memories in Forensic Contexts
  6. Iris Blandon-Gitlin and Elise Fenn

  7. Investigating and Prosecuting Rape: Victim and Criminal Justice Professionals’ Perspectives
  8. Emma Sleath

  9. The Probative Value of Emotional Affect in Homicide Investigations
  10. Emily V. Shaw, Jennifer Gongola, Jennifer Teitcher and Nicholas Scurich

  11. Investigative Decision Making
  12. Karl Ask and Ivar Fahsing

  13. Cognitive Fluency in the Courtroom
  14. Eryn Newman, Madeline Jalbert, and Neal Feigenson

  15. Interviewing and Interrogating Minority Suspects: Psychological Science Can Help Improve the Process and Outcomes
  16. Elise Fenn, Catherine Grosz and Iris Blandon-Gitlin

  17. Interpreters in Investigative Contexts
  18. Jacqueline Evans, Sarah Shaffer and Dave Walsh

  19. Impact of Alcohol and other Drugs on Eyewitness Memory
  20. Heather D. Flowe, Melissa F. Colloff, Lilian Kloft, Theodore Jores and Laura M. Stevens

  21. Lay Participation in Legal Decision Making
  22. Margaret Bull Kovera and Lora M. Levett

  23. Police Interviewing of Sexual Assault Victims: Current Organisational Responses and Recommendations for Improvement
  24. Nina J. Westera, Martine B. Powell, Rebecca Milne and Jane Goodman-Delahunty

  25. Reviewing the use of Crime Linkage Evidence within a Legal Context
  26. Kari Davies, Jessica Woodhams, Matthew Tonkin

  27. The Verifiability Approach: Advances, Challenges, and Future Prospects
  28. Galit Nahari and Aldert Vrij

  29. Emotion – Internal and External Consequences for Legal Authorities
  30. Annika Melinder, Chiara Mirandola, and Livia Gilstrap

  31. Stalking: How Perceptions differ from Reality and why these Differences matter by Adrian J. Scott
  32. Establishing cooperation and eliciting information: Semi-cooperative sources’ affective resistance and cognitive strategies
  33. Simon Oleszkiewicz and Pär Anders Granhag

  34. Evidence of Identification from Eyewitnesses
  35. Colin Tredoux and Jacques Py

  36. From the Ivory Tower to the Interrogation Room: Training and Field Evaluation Research on Suspect Interviewing
  37. Melissa B. Russano, Christopher E. Kelly, and Christian A. Meissner

  38. Introducing Psychology to the Justice System in Taiwan

          Yee-San Teoh and Leon C. H. Huang


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Ray Bull is Immediate Past President of the European Association of Psychology and Law (EAPL). In 2010 he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the British Psychological Society, an honour restricted to 40 living psychologists. In 2008 he received the EAPL Award for Life-time Contribution to Psychology and Law. He regularly acts as an expert witness and conducts workshops/training on investigative interviewing around the world.

Iris Blandón-Gitlin is Professor of Psychology at California State University, Fullerton, USA. Her research focuses on examining social-cognitive factors that influence people’s memories, the detecting of deception, and the elicitation of information from sources in forensic contexts. Dr Blandón-Gitlin also consults in criminal cases and frequently conducts training for professionals in the legal community.


"Whether struggling for accountability for major human rights abuses or trying to save an innocent client from a serious miscarriage of justice, sooner or later a lawyer is confronted with problems of evidence, particularly in assessing credibility of witnesses, reliability of memory, and psychological effects of various forms of coercion. This remarkable volume by world-renowned specialists offers practitioners the most up-to-date findings of science on the complex relationship between psychology and the law." - Juan E Méndez, Professor of Human Rights Law in Residence, Washington College of Law, Washington, USA."Editors Ray Bull and Iris Blandón-Gitlin and their authors deliver readable and up-to-date overviews of the state of psychological research on legally-relevant topics. This timely and accessible volume is written for investigative and legal professionals and students with an interest in psycho-legal research such as eyewitness evidence, jury competence, lie detection strategies, crime scene analysis, stalking, and false memories. Investigative interviewing is given extended treatment with chapters touching on the right to silence, interview strategies, establishing cooperation, eliciting information, avoiding bias, and training-as well as chapters focusing on sexual assault, minority suspects, and the use of interpreters. A rich and engaging new resource!"Steven Penrod, John Jay college, City University of New York, USA