NEUROLAW NOVEMBER II – The Opposite of Truth

Imagine a world in which nobody is lying. A world in which no one has ever lied and will never lie. Which problems would emerge? How would life change? There would indeed be fundamental changes. Let us consider an example often used in criminal law classes: A husband whose wife falls in love with another…

#30in30 – Want your Eyewitness to chirp like a Bird?

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Today’s 30in30 content: Cue-dependent forgetting, or retrieval failure.

To sum up, the use of cue-dependant memory is helpful in many different cases. Especially litigators, state’s attorneys and investigation autorities should be very aware of the behavioural impacts of these concepts.

#30in30 – What you see is what you get

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The context Effect relates to how our brain processes the information we perceive in our environment. It describes how when we are confronted with environmental influences we often include them subliminally in our decision making.

Applied to the process of jurisdiction the Context Effect affects juries and judges because in each of them the finder of the…

#30in30 – When Quantity beats Quality

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The 30 in 30 Briefing Series focuses on a new cognitive bias, fallacy or heuristic in every single publication. By this Briefing we want to provide you with a rough overview on the cognitive theories most likely to occur in the legal profession. Today’s content: The Illusory Truth Effect.

Repetition has always been used as a means to drive a point home so to say. Students have of course always known this but so have politicians, statesmen, propaganda promoters, the media, advertisers and authors. The illusory truth effect has numerous effects in the legal field as well.