KEY FEATURES: A student-friendly writing style makes the content more approachable for readers to retain. Personal stories from fellows of the Association of Psychological Science (APS) convey to readers that even the most distinguished experts make mistakes that can be avoided through examination. Critical thinking questions give students the opportunity to reflect on preceding essays. Stories from all areas of psychology appeal to learners beyond subfields of psychology.

A Missed Opportunity to Improve on Credibility Analysis in Criminal Law

A Missed Opportunity to Improve on Credibility Analysis in Criminal Law

Klaus Fiedler

Academic life is replete with errors and mistakes. So it should be easy to report one prominent example. But what is the biggest mistake one has committed as a behavioral scientist? My memorable mistake was in the field of applied psychology with severe and often existential consequences, related to my secondary professional identity as an expert witness in legal trials.

In criminal law, a decision on the guilt or innocence of a defendant has to be made in any case, even under high uncertainty, when no physical evidence is available and even in the absence of strong eyewitness testimony. In these most intricate cases of murder, rape, ...

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