Course Description

Legal procedures are affected in important ways by research findings from many areas of psychology, including cognition, perception, memory, language comprehension, group dynamics, psychopathology, and various aspects of child development.      

Cognitive science can help us understand the factors that contribute to wrongful convictions.  By using examples from case law this course will illustrate how miscarriages of justice come about.  Topics covered will include interrogations, eyewitness identification procedures, undercover investigative techniques, interviewing child witnesses, hypnotically enhanced memories, the polygraph, the cultivation of illusory memories and suspects’ Charter protections.

Course Director

Timothy Moore
Tim Moore is Professor (Emeritus) of Psychology at York University’s Glendon College where he chaired the department from 1996 until 2021.  He taught Psychology & Law and continues to give presentations to lawyers, judges, police officers and other forensic professionals on topics pertaining to autobiographical memory, interrogations, statement admissibility, and police undercover operations   He has been qualified on numerous occasions to provide expert opinion evidence at all levels of the Ontario Criminal Justice system, as well as the Federal Court of Canada; the Provincial and Supreme courts of Nova Scotia; the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench; and the Supreme Court of Southern Australia.

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Timothy Moore

Term and Time

Fall 2024 – starting September 13
9:50 am on Friday morning
Room TBA in York Hall

Course Outline

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Lecture Notes

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