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Finding the Truth in the Courtroom: Dealing with Deception, Lies, and Memories

Henry Otgaar and Mark L. Howe


The focus of this book is on how legal professionals, legal/forensic psychologists, and memory researchers can decide when statements or identifications are based on truthful or fabricated experiences and whether if fabricated, can we distinguish between lies, deception, and false memories. The ultimate focus is to assemble recent experimental work and case studies in which deception or false memory plays a dominant role. That is, in many criminal trials, forensic technical evidence is lacking and triers of fact must rely on the reliability of eyewitness statements, identifications, and testim ... More

Keywords: deception, memory, legal cases, expert testimony, malingering, wrongful conviction, misinformation, suggestibility, neurobiological, false memory

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190612016
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190612016.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henry Otgaar, editor
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht University

Mark L. Howe, editor
Professor of Psychology, City University London

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1 Deception and Memory in the Courtroom

Henry Otgaar and Mark L. Howe

Part I Memory in the Courtroom

2 Misinformation in the Courtroom

Shari R. Berkowitz and Elizabeth F. Loftus

3 Suggestibility in the Courtroom

Fiona Gabbert and Lorraine Hope

5 A Neurobiological Account of False Memories

Vincent van de Ven, Henry Otgaar, and Mark L. Howe

Part II Children in the Courtroom

6 Assessing the Veracity of Children’s Forensic Interviews

Hayden M. Henderson and Samantha J. Andrews

7 Putting Children’s Memory and Suggestibility in their Place

Deborah Goldfarb, Gail S. Goodman, Rakel P. Larson, Alejandra Gonzalez, and Mitchell L. Eisen

Part III Deception in the Courtroom

9 Building a Case

Timothy J. Luke, Maria Hartwig, Laure Brimbal, and Pär Anders Granhag

Part IV Malingering in the Courtroom

11 Seven Myths About Feigning

Marko Jelicic, Harald Merckelbach, and Irena Bošković

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