How will research in psychology impact the law and real-life legal situations going forward?
The Psychology, Law, and Policy Lab is led by Daniel Krauss, chair of the Department of Psychology at Claremont McKenna College. His research program primarily involves examining disconnects between psychological research and practice, and the manner in which the legal system utilizes this information. In particular, it emphasizes how jurors and other legal actors misinterpret or misuse psychological evidence and expert testimony in their decision-making. Undergraduate research students play a key role in every aspect of his experimental research, including helping to design methods and co-authoring publications.
How do experts influence legal decision-making?
How are jurors influenced by experts in death penalty and life without parole sentencing?
How do jurors reach their decisions? How does psychology study that process?
How are decisions reached in sexual predator hearings? What are the limitations of these procedures?
What do we know about training and education in law and psychology? What are best practices?