PSC 153 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Louis Brandeis, Brandeis Brief, Karl Llewellyn

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PSC 153 Lecture 1 Introductory Lecture
Definitions
Psychology scientific study of behavior and mental processes
Law system of rules that a community recognizes as regulating the actions of its
members and may enforce by the imposition of penalties
Psych and Law involves application of scientific and professional aspects of
psychology to questions and issues relating to law and the legal system
Legal psychology applied empirical research, psychological science relevant to legal
system
Forensic Psychology clinically oriented, more direct interaction with and
understanding of legal systems
Brief History
Psychology stems from philosophy and physiology
Philosophy provided the topics
Physiology provided the methodology
Mind vs Body debate interesting parallel, church made sure they were studied
separately
Descartes interactive dualism -17th century, eventually reframed in terms of biological
psychology
Psychology late 1800s
Wilhelm Wundt father of psychology, first psychology lab at the University of Leipzig
Hermann Ebbing Haus first to quantify mental processes
William James father of American psychology, how people can successfully adapt to
their environment
Psychology and Law early 1900s
Sigmund Freud cautioned judges about influence of unconscious processes
Hugo Munsterberg published On the Witness Stand (1908) which was a call to
action for psychologists to focus their research on the legal system
John Wigmore criticized Munsterbergs argument for lack of published evidence,
eventually changed his mind about psychologys contribution to the legal system
Lewis Terman renewed Munsterbergs argument in 1931
Milestones
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