Legal Psychology

The intersection between law and psychology dates back over a century as pioneers in applied psychology examined the potential of using psychological methods to improve the trial process in the courtroom.  Psychologists have traditionally focused on the understanding of internal structure and processes of the human mind as well as the drives and mechanisms underlying human behaviors.  Researchers and practitioners have long been trying to utilize findings and insights gained through psychological studies to critique, evaluate and improve the operation of legal systems, the tasks of which comprise assigning faults and regulating behavior based, to certain extent, on perceptions or assumptions of subjective status of human mind.  Since 1980s, the studies of law and psychology have gained new momentum by virtue of developments in behavioral psychology, especially the experimental studies of human cognition and decision-making. These studies, while having widespread influences over many disciplines of social sciences, made a particular impact on legal scholarship as they profoundly revised the landscape dominated by neoclassical law and economics since the 1960s, shedding light on limits of the rational choice model and proposing alternative perspectives to approach at the legal system as one dealing with real human beings susceptible to cognitive biases and errors in a systemic and predictable manner.




Research Group

Dai, Xin (link)

Deng, Yuncheng (link)