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The Routledge International Handbook of Legal and Investigative Psychology

ISBN 9781032475271
Published January 21, 2023 by Routledge
342 Pages

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Book Description

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


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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.