Higher Education

Wrightsman's Psychology and the Legal System, 7th Edition

  • Edie Greene University of Colorado
  • Kirk Heilbrun Drexel University
  • ISBN-10: 049581301X  |  ISBN-13: 9780495813019
  • 544 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2002, 1998
  • © 2011 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $238.50
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The author team for WRIGHTSMAN'S PSYCHOLOGY AND THE LEGAL SYSTEM, Seventh Edition combines complementary expertise, active research, writing careers, and real world experience (as consultants working within the legal system) to produce a comprehensive text that is unparalleled in scholarship and writing style. The authorship, research base and comprehensive coverage make this text popular with instructors and students. This text demonstrates the importance of psychology to understanding the legal system and the impact on individuals' everyday lives through the use of real cases and questions formed to create discussions of these cases.

Features and Benefits

  • The popular "The Case of" feature highlights real cases from recent headlines, making important legal concepts relevant and interesting to today's students.
  • The team of co-authors, including a cognitive psychology and a clinical psychologist, both of whom have years of experience with the legal system, ensures a well developed and balanced approach.
  • This text remains the best seller in this market for its comprehensive coverage, well developed writing style, use of interesting case studies that illustrate core principles, and unwavering attention to relevant legal dilemmas

Table of Contents

1. Psychology and the law: Choices and roles.
2. The legal system: Issues, structure, and players.
3. Psychology of Crime.
4. Psychology of Police.
5. Crime investigation: Witnesses.
6. Evaluating Criminal Suspects.
7. Between arrest and trial.
8. Forensic assessment in juvenile and criminal cases.
9. Forensic assessment in civil cases.
10. The trial process.
11. Jury representativeness and selection.
12. The jury: Decision processes and reforms.
13. Psychology of victims of crime and violence.
14. Psychology of punishment and sentencing.
15. Juvenile and adult corrections.

What's New

  • Rewritten to increase readability for student to encourage ease of use and better understanding.
  • New relevant research from the past three years has been added to make this edition the most current and up-to-date yet!
  • Appendices with the Constitutional amendments, the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, and the Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists have been included to provide students with not only a well-rounded look at the Psychology of Law but provide all the information they need with in one text.
  • New chapter on the psychology of corrections has been included which focuses on post-adjudication issues. Separate sections for juveniles and adults have been included as well as descriptions of interventions in the community that are of particular contemporary interest as well as traditional institutional interventions. This new chapter discusses the role of psychologists in jails and prisons and includes a section on psychological consequences of long-term incarceration.


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eBank Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 0495903280 | ISBN-13: 9780495903284)

Prepare for class more quickly and effectively with such resources as questions for class discussions and essay examination (approximately 15 per chapter), suggested activities (including prompts to Measuring Legal Attitudes), multiple-choice questions with page references (at least 50 per chapter), suggested readings, suggested websites, and suggested InfoTracĀ® article activities. PowerPoint lectures outlining chapter content are also available. Both the IMTB and PowerPoints are available electronically; contact your representative for details.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Edie Greene

Edie Greene is professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, where she also serves as Director of the Graduate Concentration in Psychology and Law. Her research applies principles of cognitive and social psychology to the legal system and focuses on decision making by judges, juries, attorneys, and witnesses; public perceptions of laws and laws' impact; and legal issues relevant to older adults. She serves as an expert witness on jury decision making and eyewitness reliability. A former president of the American Psychology-Law Society, she received the Society's 2008 Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring in Psychology and Law.

Kirk Heilbrun

Kirk Heilbrun is currently a professor in the Department of Psychology, Drexel University. His current research focuses on juvenile and adult offenders, legal decision-making, and the evaluation and interventions associated with such decision-making. He is the Co-Director of the Pennsylvania Mental Health and Justice Center of Excellence, having previously served as president of both the American Psychology-Law Psychology/APA Division 41, and the American Board of Forensic Psychology. He received the 2004 Distinguished Contributions to Forensic Psychology award and the 2008 Beth Clark Distinguished Service Contribution Award from the American Academy of Forensic Psychology.