What Matters: Sam Sommers on Psychology and Law: What Really Goes on at Crime Scenes, Police Stations, and the Courthouse

Virtual Event

Date: May 4, 2023

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

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Hear from our faculty, in the comfort of your own home or office, about what inspires them, and what they find most exciting in their research

How accurate is eyewitness testimony?  How effective is the polygraph?  What factors influence a jury's deliberations and final verdict?  As Professor Sam Sommers has taught Tufts students for two decades, Psychology impacts every aspect of our lives, and the legal system is no exception.  Drawing on scientific research and his own extensive work as an expert witness, Sam will discuss highlights from this growing area of inquiry, and will discuss the general benefits and limitations of efforts to apply psychological research to the real-world domain of the legal system.