My research focuses on applications of basic social
and cognitive psychology to various
aspects of the law and criminal justice.
In particular, my work focuses on
Some of the research my students and I conduct takes place
in our Psycho-legal Laboratory. Located in Miller House,
this facility contains a mock courtroom complete with a judge's
bench, witness stand, podium, and a seating area for a jury.
Often we stage trials or testimony in this courtroom and
record the events with videotape cameras and microphones
that are built into the ceiling and walls. This lab is also
equipped with a digital camcorder, a polygraph (commonly
used as a lie-detector test), a computerized Identi-Kit (face-composite
system used to obtain eyewitness sketches), and perception
analyzers (wireless hand-held response dials that are used
to record subjects' online reactions to trials and other
The facility also contains two jury deliberation rooms and
a control room from which these research activities can be
observed, recorded, and analyzed via one-way mirrors, video
cameras, and a PC equipped with student-friendly statistical
software. The jury rooms have also served as interrogation
rooms for studies of police confessions.