PSYC 3310 Lecture Notes - Psychopathology, Amicus Curiae, Hindsight Bias

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27 May 2012
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Psychology and law: lecture 1 may 8th. Any application of psychological knowledge or methods to a task faced by the legal system. The field is not yet clearly definedmany disciplines currently involved: developmental psychology (e. g. child custody cases) Very important to know child development because children very often don"t know about themselves. E. g. ) parents who thought they had a very naughty boy. Father got sick so child went to mother (whom he hadn"t seen for 6 years) Boy became depressed because he missed his father. Child depression (usually very angry) manifests itself much differently than an adult: clinical psychology competence (to stand trial, social psychology juror"s attitudes, cognitive psychology eyewitness memory. Has been an area of focus for many years. In uk, clinical psychologists are the only ones who can study forensic psychology. In the us, it is preferred to have both a legal and psychological background. Heilbrun"s model: clinical training (page 5 of text) (need to know for test)

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