Psychologists and the judicial system | SpringerLinkLegal psychology involves empirical , psychological research of the law, legal institutions, and people who come into contact with the law. Legal psychologists typically take basic social and cognitive principles and apply them to issues in the legal system such as eyewitness memory , jury decision-making, investigations, and interviewing. The term "legal psychology" has only recently come into usage, primarily as a way to differentiate the experimental focus of legal psychology from the clinically -oriented forensic psychology. Together, legal psychology and forensic psychology form the field more generally recognized as "psychology and law". Following earlier efforts by psychologists to address legal issues, psychology and law became a field of study in the s as part of an effort to enhance justice, though that originating concern has lessened over time. Further, its mandate is to inform the psychological and legal communities and the public at large of current research, educational, and service in the area of psychology and law. Generally speaking, any research that combines psychological principles with legal applications or contexts could be considered legal psychology although research involving clinical psychology , e.
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