1st Edition

The Routledge International Handbook of Legal and Investigative Psychology

Edited By Ray Bull, Iris Blandón-Gitlin Copyright 2020
    342 Pages
    by Routledge

    342 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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



    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.