Psychology in and out of Court
A Critical Examination of Legal Psychology
- M. King, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK
Of interest to law students, psychology students, magistrates, probation officers, and others interested in the interaction between psychology and the law.
- Published: December 1986
- Imprint: PERGAMON
- ISBN: 978-0-08-026798-2
...an interesting and thoughtful critique of widely held assumptions and methods in 'legal psychology'; as such, his book should be of interest to everyone who reads the literature in this area.
British Psychological Society Bulletin, Volume 40
A valuable counterpoint to recent interest in legal psychology...of interest to graduate students and researchers.
Following a short introduction, King provides brief and accurate descriptions of several psycho-legal studies as exemplars of contemporary legal psychological research. Having 'set the scene' he launches a concerted and detailed critique of the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of experimental psychology as applied to criminal justice systems...much of the criticism King levels at psychologists is justifiable on the basis of legal psychology's past performance, and many psychologists' apparent unwillingness to 'get their hands dirty' by studying the criminal justice system in vivo.