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Even judges can be duped by false confessions. When APS Fellow Saul Kassin showed volunteer judges weak evidence and a coerced confession — one that shouldn’t have been admissible — they nonetheless opted to convict the imaginary defendant. In a program that also covered misconceptions about lie detection and psychopathy, Kassin, APS Fellow John F. Edens, APS Fellow Essi Viding, Brad Bradshaw, Maria J. Hartwig, and Luke W. Hyde explore psychological science’s role in the legal system. ... More>
The perceived trustworthiness of an inmate’s face may determine the severity of the sentence he receives, according to new research using photos and sentencing data for inmates in Florida. ... More>