ERIC Number: EJ1004835
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
Using Forensic Psychology to Teach Basic Psychological Processes: Eyewitness Memory and Lie Detection
Costanzo, Mark A.
Teaching of Psychology, v40 n2 p156-160 Apr 2013
Teachers can incorporate topics in forensic psychology into lower level courses to increase student interest and to show how psychological processes influence outcomes in high-stakes applied contexts. One such topic is eyewitness identification, which teachers can use to show how stress affects memory and how memories can become distorted during encoding, storage, retrieval, and even postretrieval. A second topic is lie detection, which teachers can use to illustrate the limits of our ability to interpret the nonverbal behavior of others. Lie detection also illustrates the use and misuse of physiological measures (polygraph, functional magnetic resonance imaging, electroencephalogram) as indicators of psychological states. Like memory errors by eyewitnesses, the limitations of lie detection can lead to innocent people being accused and convicted of crimes they did not commit.
Descriptors: Criminals, Justice, Criminal Law, Law Enforcement, Psychology, Learner Engagement, Court Litigation, Questioning Techniques, Memory, Responses, Identification (Psychology), Recall (Psychology), Error Patterns, Attention, Social Influences, Deception, Equipment, Theory Practice Relationship
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