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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

"Adversarial Bias Among Forensic Psychologists"

David Bernstein has this post at The Volokh Conspiracy, excerpting a recent study:

In this experiment, we paid 108 forensic psychologists and psychiatrists to review the same offender case files, but deceived some to believe that they were consulting for the defense and some to believe that they were consulting for the prosecution. Participants scored each offender on two commonly used, well-researched risk-assessment instruments. Those who believed they were working for the prosecution tended to assign higher risk scores to offenders, whereas those who believed they were working for the defense tended to assign lower risk scores to the same offenders

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/crimprof_blog/2013/09/adversarial-bias-among-forensic-psychologists.html

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