"This book series is off to a fantastic start with this volume on tort law. . . . [The volume] is expansive but highly engaging and readable. The authors, both psychologists teaching in law schools, maximize the utility of their efforts by bringing normally scattered psychological research findings to bear on core concepts in the law. Those who believe that the law should develop its doctrines with reference to human psychology will be immensely aided in their efforts to achieve that objective by the availability of this comprehensive but very accessible review of existing psychological research findings relevant to tort law.”
—Tom R. Tyler, Macklin Fleming Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology, Yale University
“Robbennolt and Hans, both law professors with PhDs in psychology, have created the first comprehensive analysis of the insights about torts provided by modern cognitive and social psychology. This innovative volume offers an inviting guide to the psychology of tort law and the decision making of plaintiffs, defendants, judges, and juries. Teaching torts should never be the same.”
—Shari Seidman Diamond, Howard J. Trienens Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology, Northwestern University
"Provides an engaging description of how human psychology influences both the development of tort law and policy and the decisions of litigants, lawyers, judges, and jurors as they navigate the American civil justice system. Their explanations of psychological theory include cutting-edge empirical research and vivid descriptions of classic court cases that lawyers will immediately recognize from law school as well as contemporary cases drawn from today’s headlines. For lawyers, the volume offers valuable insights about how judges and jurors are likely to interpret evidence presented at trial. For policymakers, it highlights the conflicts that arise when human intuition diverges from traditional principles of tort law. And it challenges researchers in social psychology and law with a host of unexplored topics to investigate."
—Paula Hannaford-Agor, Director, Center for Jury Studies, National Center for State Courts
“For law-minded psychologists who have tended to focus on matters of criminal law, [Robbennolt and Hans] have opened a window onto an entirely new landscape of interesting legal issues to examine.”
“The book is a good introduction to the psychological perspective and a well-organized summary of what social scientists have so far discovered. It may be useful in social science courses covering decision making.
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