Psychologists and the judicial system

  title={Psychologists and the judicial system},
  author={Donald N. Bersoff},
  journal={Law and Human Behavior},
This article traces the rise, fall, and current ambivalence in the use of social science data and psychological experts by the legal system. Several reasons are discussed for the less than perfect “marriage” between psychology and the law: normative philosophy of constitutional adjudication; overriding principles of the rules of evidence; irrelevancy to the courts of much of social science research; seduction of psychologists by attorneys who persuade experts to testify as advocates for a… CONTINUE READING