Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Psychology

Academics

Psychology 328. Law and Psychology

A critical examination of the relationship between psychology and the law. This seminar will survey the major topics represented in the field of psychology and law, including eyewitness identification, jury decision-making, criminal behavior, criminal and civil forensic assessment, and how psychological research impacts law and public policy. The case law governing and influencing criminal and civil practice, the ethical principles that guide evaluation, report writing, consultation and expert testimony and the social psychological influences on the legal system will be emphasized.