The Popular Policeman and Other Cases
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The Popular Policeman and Other Cases

By Willem Albert Wagenaar
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In this compelling title, two distinguished scholars share their experiences as expert witnesses in cases ranging from eyewitness testimony, person identification and recovered memories, to false confessions, collaborative storytelling and causal attribution, in the context of various interrogation techniques and their ability to deliver reliable results. Each chapter describes in lucid, entertaining prose a representative case in the context of scholarly literature to date, showing how psychological expertise has been (and can be) used in a legal setting. The cases include petty and serious crime, from illegal gambling, infringed trademarks and risqué courtship behaviour, to honour killing and death on the climbing wall. The authors' findings and recommendations apply to legal systems worldwide. There is no other English-language textbook covering a similarly wide range of offences, and this volume will fill a gap in the existing literature and demonstrate how psychological expertise can be used in a much larger area than is often realised.

Psychologisch onderzoek is voor de rechter niet altijd gemakkelijk toe te passen binnen de context van een strafrechtelijk of civiel geding. Inzichten in de werking van het geheugen, het gedrag, logisch denkvermogen en het nemen van beslissingen kunnen uitkomst bieden als er sprake is van valse voorwendselen, fraude, diefstal of zelfs moord, maar vaak is daar wel de toelichting van een deskundige voor nodig. Op onderhoudende en toegankelijke wijze beschrijven rechtspsychologen Willem Albert Wagenaar en Hans Crombag tot in detail vijftien representatieve zaken uit de Nederlandse rechtspraak, hun rol daarin als deskundige, en hoe het afliep. Naast de betrouwbaarheid van ooggetuigenverklaringen en bekentenissen is er aandacht voor de psychologische aspecten van minder gangbare onderwerpen zoals illegaal gokken, verwarrende consumentenvoorlichting en seksuele intimidatie. The Popular Policeman and Other Cases vult een belangrijke lacune in de bestaande literatuur over de psychologie in de rechtszaal. Niet eerder werd er buiten de Verenigde Staten in één boek zo uitgebreid en gedetailleerd aandacht besteed aan zoveel uiteenlopende zaken. Het boek is in eerste instantie geschreven voor het hoger onderwijs, maar ook buiten de collegezaal zal dit boek op de nodige belangstelling kunnen rekenen.

Table of Contents
  • Table of Contents
  • Foreword
  • 1 Illegal Gambling or the Victory Travel Club
  • 2 On Causal Reasoning or Death in the Warmoesstraat
  • 3 Consumer Confusion or Potato Chips and Olive Oil
  • 4 Fiction and Reality of ‘the Average Individual’ or the Case of Old Mr. Lane
  • 5 Case Histories and Scientific Proof or the Case of JR
  • 6 Not a Good Story or the Disappearance of Maddy and Vicky
  • 7 Conflicting Scenarios or the Case of the Man Who Needed a Companion
  • 8 Two Processes Obstructing the Accuracy of Long-Term Memory or the Case of the Stolen Mercedes
  • 9 Confessions after Repeated Interrogation or the Putten Murder Case
  • 10 Collaborative Storytelling or the Artist’s Models and an Angry Neighbourhood
  • 11 Allegation of Sexual Child Abuse in a Case of Disputed Visitation or Cindy's Story
  • 12 Psychogenic Amnesia or the Case of the Amnesic Strangler
  • 13 Obeying Reflexes or Death on the Climbing Wall
  • 14 Visual Acuity or Shooting Mimi the Cat
  • 15 Sexual Semiotics or the Case of the Popular Policeman
  • Postscript: Psychological Expertise and the Law
  • Bibliography
  • Name Index
  • Subject Index
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