The Routledge International Handbook of Legal and Investigative Psychology explores contemporary topics in psychological science, applying them to investigative and legal procedures. Written by recognized scholars from around the globe, this book brings together current research, emerging trends, and cutting-edge debates in a single comprehensive and authoritative volume.

Drawing from both research and practice, this handbook highlights many important issues such as: how to investigate and prosecute rape; the value of emotional affect in homicide investigations; and factors affecting jurors’ and suspects’ decision making. By considering current research, the authors inform both legal and investigative professionals of findings that are of direct relevance to them, and the steps that can be taken to improve efficiency.

This collection will inform investigative and legal professionals, advanced psychology students, academics, researchers, and policy makers. It will also be of great interest to researchers from other disciplines, including criminology, policing, and law.

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ByRay Bull, Iris Blandón-Gitlin

chapter 1|18 pages

The right to remain silent

Realities and illusions
BySaul M. Kassin, Kyle C. Scherr, Fabiana Alceste

chapter 2|17 pages

Roar or “PEACE”

Is it a “tall story?”
ByRay Bull

chapter 3|19 pages

True and false memories in forensic contexts

ByIris Blandón-Gitlin, Elise Fenn, Kendra Paquette

chapter 4|14 pages

Investigating and prosecuting rape

Victims’ and criminal justice professionals’ perspectives
ByEmma Sleath

chapter 5|14 pages

The probative value of emotional affect in homicide investigations

ByEmily V. Shaw, Jennifer Gongola, Jennifer Teitcher, Nicholas Scurich

chapter 6|18 pages

Investigative decision making

ByKarl Ask, Ivar Fahsing

chapter 7|14 pages

Cognitive fluency in the courtroom

ByEryn Newman, Madeline Jalbert, Neal Feigenson

chapter 8|17 pages

Interviewing and interrogating minority suspects

Psychological science can help improve the process and outcomes
ByElise Fenn, Catherine Grosz, Iris Blandón-Gitlin

chapter 9|16 pages

Interpreters in investigative interviewing contexts

ByJacqueline R. Evans, Sarah A. Shaffer, Dave Walsh

chapter 10|14 pages

Impact of alcohol and other drugs on eyewitness memory

ByHeather D. Flowe, Melissa F. Colloff, Lilian Kloft, Theodore Jores, Laura M. Stevens

chapter 11|19 pages

Lay participation in legal decision making

ByMargaret Bull Kovera, Lora M. Levett

chapter 12|15 pages

Police interviewing of sexual assault victims

Current organizational responses and recommendations for improvement
ByNina J. Westera, Martine B. Powell, Rebecca Milne, Jane Goodman-Delahunty

chapter 13|15 pages

Reviewing the use of crime linkage evidence within a legal context

ByKari Davies, Jessica Woodhams, Matt Tonkin

chapter 14|12 pages

The Verifiability Approach

Advances, challenges, and future prospects
ByGalit Nahari, Aldert Vrij

chapter 15|14 pages


Internal and external consequences for legal authorities
ByAnnika Melinder, Chiara Mirandola, Livia Gilstrap

chapter 16|17 pages


How perceptions differ from reality and why these differences matter
ByAdrian J. Scott

chapter 17|13 pages

Establishing cooperation and eliciting information

Semi-cooperative sources’ affective resistance and cognitive strategies
BySimon Oleszkiewicz, Pär Anders Granhag

chapter 18|19 pages

Evidence of identification from eyewitnesses

ByColin Tredoux, Jacques Py

chapter 19|24 pages

From the ivory tower to the interrogation room

Training and field evaluation research on suspect interviewing
ByMelissa B. Russano, Christopher E. Kelly, Christian A. Meissner

chapter 20|12 pages

Introducing psychology to the justice system in Taiwan

ByYee-San Teoh, Leon C.H. Huang