Tunnel Vision

CONVICTION OF THE INNOCENT: LESSONS FROM PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH, B. Cutler, ed., APA Press, 2010

Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1116

31 Pages Posted: 12 May 2010  

Keith A. Findley

University of Wisconsin Law School

Date Written: May 11, 2010

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Findley, Keith A., Tunnel Vision (May 11, 2010). CONVICTION OF THE INNOCENT: LESSONS FROM PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH, B. Cutler, ed., APA Press, 2010 ; Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1116. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1604658

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