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Nebraska Symposium on Motivation

Emotion and the Law

Psychological Perspectives

Editors: Bornstein, Brian H., Wiener, Richard L. (Eds.)

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  • Emotion research is increasingly integrated into other psychological subdisciplines, such as cognitive and physiological psychology
  • Focuses on issues that are theoretical as well as practical, influencing both psychological theories of emotion and legal practice and policy
  • Gathers information from a diverse group of researchers and academics working at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary psycholegal scholarship
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From questions surrounding motives to the concept of crimes of passion, the intersection of emotional states and legal practice has long interested professionals as well as the public—recent cases involving extensive pretrial publicity, highly charged evidence, and instances of jury nullification continue to make the subject particularly timely. With these trends in mind, Emotion and the Law brings a rich tradition in social psychology into sharp forensic focus in a unique interdisciplinary volume. Emotion, mood and affective states, plus patterns of conduct that tend to arise from them in legal contexts, are analyzed in theoretical and practical terms, using real-life examples from criminal and civil cases. From these complex situations, contributors provide answers to bedrock questions—what roles affect plays in legal decision making, when these roles are appropriate, and what can be done so that emotion is not misused or exploited in legal procedures—and offer complementary legal and social/cognitive perspectives on these and other salient issues:

  • Positive versus negative affect in legal decision making.
  • Emotion, eyewitness memory, and false memory.
  • The influence of emotions on juror decisions, and legal approaches to its control.
  • A terror management theory approach to the understanding of hate crimes.
  • Policy recommendations for managing affect in legal proceedings.
  • Additional legal areas that can benefit from the study of emotion.

Emotion and the Law clarifies theoretical grey areas, revisits current practice, and suggests possibilities for both new scholarship and procedural guidelines, making it a valuable reference for psycholegal researchers, forensic psychologists, and policymakers.

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"Many psychologists testify in court as expert witnesses, help in jury selection, work in prisons, and are involved in rehabilitation activities. But they are almost all clinical psychologists fosucing on individual cases rather than bringing empirical research to bear in judicial proceedings. One main reason, as Emotion and the Law: Psychological Perspectives inadvertently makes clear, is that researchers and those trained in the law have utterly different, and incompatible worldviews.

As it stands, Emotion and the Law may nevertheless be useful for graduate students in forensic psychology and criminal justice as well as to legal scholars concerned with how psychological processes may influence judicial decision making. If it serves to bring these groups closer together, so much the better." -- PsycCRITIQUES, July 20, 2011


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Emotion and the Law: A Field Whose Time Has Come

    Pages 1-12

    Bornstein, Brian H. (et al.)

  • Affect in Legal and Forensic Settings: The Cognitive Benefits of Not Being Too Happy

    Pages 13-44

    Forgas, Joseph P.

  • Emotional Influences on Judgments of Legal Blame: How They Happen, Whether They Should, and What to Do About It

    Pages 45-96

    Feigenson, Neal

  • Explorations in Juror Emotion and Juror Judgment

    Pages 97-132

    Kerr, Norbert L.

  • Inner Terror and Outward Hate: The Effects of Mortality Salience on Bias Motivated Attacks

    Pages 133-155

    Lieberman, Joel D.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Emotion and the Law
Book Subtitle
Psychological Perspectives
Editors
  • Brian H. Bornstein
  • Richard L. Wiener
Series Title
Nebraska Symposium on Motivation
Series Volume
56
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-0696-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-0696-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4419-0695-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-8124-0
Series ISSN
0146-7875
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 214
Number of Illustrations
14 b/w illustrations
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