CONVICTION OF THE INNOCENT: LESSONS FROM PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH, B. Cutler, ed., APA Press, 2010
31 Pages Posted: 12 May 2010
Date Written: May 11, 2010
This book chapter examines the psychological research that helps explain the phenomenon of “tunnel vision” in criminal cases that can lead to wrongful conviction of the innocent. It focuses, in particular, on the effects of such cognitive distortions as confirmation bias and hindsight bias, and situates them in the criminal justice system.
Keywords: tunnel vision, wrongful convictions, innocence, confirmation bias, hindsight bias, cognitive bias, cognitive errors, law and psychology, miscarriages of justice
JEL Classification: K42
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