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Memory and Law

Lynn Nadel and Walter P. Sinnott-Armstrong


The legal system depends upon memory function in a number of critical ways, including the memories of victims; the memories of individuals who witness crimes or other critical events; the memories of investigators, lawyers and judges engaged in the legal process; and the memories of jurors. How well memory works, how accurate it is, how it is affected by various aspects of the criminal justice system—all these are important questions. This book tackles others as well. Can we tell when someone is reporting an accurate memory? Can we distinguish a true memory from a false one? Can memories be se ... More

Keywords: memory, neuroscience, psychology, law, brain, witness, victim, jury, criminal Justice, legal process

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199920754
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199920754.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lynn Nadel, editor
University of Arizona

Walter P. Sinnott-Armstrong, editor
Duke University

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Part One General Issues about Memory


Lynn Nadel, and Walter P. Sinnott-Armstrong

1 Emotion’s Impact on Memory

Elizabeth A. Phelps

Part Two Memory in Eyewitnesses

3 Lineup Procedures in Eyewitness Identification

Scott D. Gronlund, Charles A. Goodsell, and Shannon M. Andersen

4 The Curious Complexity between Confidence and Accuracy in Reports from Memory

Henry L. Roediger III, John H. Wixted, and K. Andrew Desoto

Part Three Memory in Jurors

7 Memory and Jury Deliberation

William Hirst, Alin Coman, and Charles B. Stone

9 The Memory of Jurors

Anders Sandberg, Walter P. Sinnott-Armstrong, and Julian Savulescu

Part Four Neuroimaging Memories

10 Neuroimaging of True, False, and Imaginary Memories

Daniel L. Schacter, Jon Chamberlain, Brendan Gaesser, and Kathy D. Gerlach

11 Detection of Concealed Stored Memories with Psychophysiological and Neuroimaging Methods

J. Peter Rosenfeld, Gershon Ben-Shakhar, and Giorgio Ganis

Part Five Legislative Issues

Part Six Coda