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On the Witness Stand: Essays on Psychology and Crime

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In "On the Witness Stand: Essays on Psychology and Crime," Hugo Münsterberg explores the intersection of psychology and law, shedding light on the role of expert testimony in criminal trials. Through a series of essays, Münsterberg dives deep into the complexities of human memory, perception, and behavior, offering insights into how these factors can impact witness testimony and the reliability of evidence presented in court.

Münsterberg's arguments are compelling and thought-provoking, challenging readers to rethink their assumptions about the criminal justice system and the way in which psychological principles can be applied in the courtroom. His writing is clear and engaging, making complex concepts accessible to a general audience.

Overall, "On the Witness Stand" is a fascinating and illuminating read for anyone interested in the fields of psychology, law, and criminal justice. Münsterberg's insights are as relevant today as they were when the book was first published, making it a timeless and valuable resource for those seeking to better understand the complexities of human behavior in the context of crime and punishment.

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Eight sketches by one of the pioneers of applied psychology, which highlight the mind of the witness on the witness stand, and how one can be an unreliable eyewitness. The last essay, on the prevention of crime, takes another direction. - Summary by TriciaG

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