Monday, March 10, 2014

Beyond CSI: The Many Faces of the Justice System: Victims, Offenders, and Wrongfully Accused

Elizabeth Cauffman, Ph.D.
Peter Ditto, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Loftus, Ph.D.
Jodi Quas, Ph.D.
Benjamin van Rooij, Ph.D.

The Center for Psychology and Law presents groundbreaking research being conducted in UCI research laboratories on topics including Eyewitness Testimony, Morality, Child Victims, Juvenile Offenders, and Implementation of the Law.

Monday, March 10, 2014
5:30 pm, Reception immediately following

RSVP by March 3rd to

Newkirk Alumni Center, 450 Alumni Court, Irvine, CA
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This event is free and open to the public.

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Elizabeth Cauffman is a Professor of Psychology & Social Behavior, Education and Law. Her research focuses on the development, assessment, and treatment of antisocial behavior and other types of externalizing problems in adolescence. She is particularly interested in applying research on normative and atypical development to issues with legal and social policy implications, and my current work examines adolescent development in the context of juvenile justice policy and practice. Her recent work has examined developmental trajectories among delinquent populations, factors associated with female offending, and maturity of judgment as it develops during the course of adolescence (in both delinquent and non-delinquent populations).

Peter Ditto is a Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior. His research examines the role of motivation, emotion and intuition in social, political, moral, medical, and legal judgment. His recent work has  focused on motivated moral reasoning, particularly how people selectively recruit general principles and factual beliefs to support desired moral conclusions. Another key focus of his current research is partisan political bias. This work examines the multiple ways that political ideology biases our political judgments and behavior. In 2009, he received the Celebration of Teaching Professor of the Year Award.

Elizabeth Loftus is a Distinguished Professor of Social Ecology, and Professor of Law, and Cognitive Science. Professor Loftus studies human memory. Her experiments reveal how memories can be changed by things that we are told. Facts, ideas, suggestions and other post-event information can modify our memories. The legal field, so reliant on memories, has been a significant application of the memory research. Loftus is also interested in psychology and law, more generally.

Jodi Quas is a Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior. Her research examines memory development in early childhood and children’s involvement in the legal system. Specific interests include strategies to improve children’s narrative productivity and accuracy; the effects of stress on children’s memory; emotional regulation and physiological reactivity as predictors of children’s coping with and memory for stressful events; jurors’ perceptions of child witnesses; and consequences of legal involvement on child witnesses and victims. In 2008, she was the recipient of the American Psychological Foundation’s Robert L. Fantz Memorial Award.

Benjamin van Rooij is the John S. and Marilyn Long Professor of U.S.-China Business and Law and academic director of the John S. and Marilyn Long U.S.-China Institute for Business and Law. His research focuses on implementation of law in comparative perspective. Since 2000 he has studied the implementability of legislation, regulatory law enforcement and compliance, and rights invocation and legal empowerment. A central theme is how implementation of law can be improved in the context of emerging markets where weak enforcement and widespread violations of law create a vicious circle undermining compliance. Using insights from sociology of law, criminology, political science and social psychology he uses anthropological methods to study compliance behavior and motivations and public and private enforcement practices. He uses innovative fieldwork data both to seek improvement to persistent implementation problems as well as to reorient existing regulatory, criminological and socio-legal theories that so far have yet to adapt to data from countries such as China.