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Hugo Münsterberg's Psychology and Law: A Historical and Contemporary Assessment

Brian H. Bornstein and Jeffrey Neuschatz


The German American psychologist Hugo Münsterberg’s 1908 book, On the Witness Stand, is widely regarded as “founding” the modern field of psychology and law. The purpose of the present volume is twofold: first, to summarize the chapters and conclusions of On the Witness Stand, making Münsterberg’s insights available to a new generation of scholars and students; and second, to present the “state of the science” on the very issues that Münsterberg raises. These issues continue to be of great importance to the field and the contemporary criminal justice system: eyewitness memory, deception detect ... More

Keywords: Münsterberg, psychology and law, eyewitness memory, deception detection, forensic psychology, confessions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190696344
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190696344.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian H. Bornstein, author
Professor Emeritus, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Jeffrey Neuschatz, author
Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of Alabama in Huntsville