Multimedia Library

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Video Presentations

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Juror perceptions of identification witnesses: Estimating the impact of estimator variables
Date: October 2014
Length: 56:07
Brian Bornstein, Professor of Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, discusses his research on factors which influence jurors' perceptions of the reliability of eyewitness testimony and the implications for education the legal system.
Embryos, stem cells, human meaning and policy
Date: May 2014
Length: 44:43
Using his participation on the President's Council on Bioethics as a case study, Michael Gazzaniga shares his insights on helping the public understand science. He goes on to discuss his perspective on free will and responsibility, based on his neuroscience research. Gazzaniga is a professor of psychological and brain sciences at University of California, Santa Barbara.
Are Juries Persuaded by Neuroscience Expert Evidence?
Date: October 2013
Length: 1:09:51
Michael J. Saks, Regents' Professor of Law and Psychology presents his research indicating that neuroimages are not especially persuasive above and beyond expert witness evidence when juries are deciding guilt. His research also provides insights into social science experimental design.
Science in the Courtroom
Date: February 2013
Length: 1:18:48
Using an actual court case involving allegations of sexual abuse, Maggie Bruck, professor of adolescent and child psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University, highlights the scientific principles that courts need to consider in dermining the credibility of child witnesses.
A social neuroscience perspective on adolescent risk taking
Date: November 2012
Length: 1:23:02
Dr. Steinberg, the Distinguished University Professor and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology at Temple University, presents the results of his program of research on the underpinnings of risk-taking in adolescence that is informed by recent advances in developmental neuroscience.
Law and Neuroscience: Will Brain Imaging Matter?
Date: October 2012
Length: 58:11
Dr. Jones, Professor of Law and of Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University, reviews the implications of neuroscience on the legal system. How will it change our understanding of will, autonomy and responsibility? How is neuroscientific evidence used, what are its limitations? What are the implications for future practice and research?
Enhancing the Informativeness of Young Victim Witnesses
Date: March 2012
Length: 43:40
Lamb discusses his research on the characteristics that can limit children's ability to acurately describe their experiences of abuse, and identifies the circumstances in which they are most likely to be competent informants. He also shares steps that interveriwers can take to maximize the informativness of child victim witnesses.
Little Liars: The Development of Children’s Verbal Deception and the Implications for Child Witness Testimony
Date: February 2012
Length: 1:00:37
Talwar discusses the development of children's verbal deception in relation to their cognitive and social development and presents her research on how children's lie-telling abilities emerge in the preschool years and their ability to succesfful deceive increases with age.
Alumni Q&A with Valerie Reyna on Risk, Decision Making and More
Date: November 2011
Length: 53:24
In this talk with Cornell alumni, Valerie Reyna discusses risk, decision making, numeracy, vaccination, the relationship between memory and judgement, research-community partnerships, Cornell's new fMRI facility and more.
Pretrial Publicity and Jury Decision Making
Date: September 2011
Length: 56:20
Penrod, highlighting the inherent conflict between guaranteeing freedom of speech/press and providing impartial juries, discusses his research on the effects of pretrial media exposure on trial decisions.
The Science of Law and Memory
Date: October 2010
Length: 46:34
Kim Kopko presents the work of Charles Brainerd and Valerie Reyna at The Second Biennial Urie Bronfenbrenner Conference on Improving the State of Americans: Prospects of Translational Research in the Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Envy Up, Scorn Down: How Status Divides Us
Date: September 2010
Susan Fiske reviews her research on power and status and how it affects people's relationships with each other.
The Laws of Cultural Cognition, and the Cultural Cognition of Law
Date: March 2010
Length: 1:33:34
Dan Kahan discusses his research which reveals the tendency of people to adopt beliefs about risk that fit their cultural world view and how these beliefs can be influenced by different ways of presenting the risk information.
Legitimacy and Criminal Justice: The Benefits of Self-Regulation
Date: November 2009
Length: 54:42
Tom Tyler argues that the deterrent model of law is costly and minimally effective. He presents his research supporting a model of legitimacy that encourages public cooperation and self-responsibility.
Update on Effective Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Programs
Date: May 2009
Length: 1:19:12
John Eckenrode provides an overview of child maltreatment, intervention and prevention research, intervention models and specifically the Nurse Family Partnership Program.
Anti-social Personality Disorder, Psychopathy, Future Dangerousness Part I Personality Assessment
Collection: HD 4140
Date: April 2009
Length: 1:03:00
Anti-social Personality Disorder, Psychopathy, Future Dangerousness Part II Future Dangerousness
Collection: HD 4140
Date: April 2009
Length: 54:00
Cultural and Environmental Factors
Collection: HD 4140
Date: April 2009
Length: 1:42:00
Developmental Effects of Teratogens (Fetal Alcohol Exposure)
Collection: HD 4140
Date: April 2009
Length: 50:00
Lead-Associated Neurobehavioral Impairments in Children
Collection: HD 4140
Date: April 2009
Length: 1:33:00
Mental Illness: Clinical Use of the DSM IV Instrument
Collection: HD 4140
Date: April 2009
Length: 1:28:00
Mistaken Eyewitness Identification and False Confidence: The Creation of Distorted Retrospective Judgment
Date: March 2009
Length: 58:53
Gary L. Wells discusses the phenomenon of mistaken eyewitness identification and the psychology of how these errors happen.
Trauma: Child Abuse and Neglect
Collection: HD 4140
Date: March 2009
Length: 58:00
Trauma: The Case of Richard Johnson
Collection: HD 4140
Date: March 2009
Length: 14:00
Atkins, Simmons, Kennedy and Beyond
Collection: HD 4140
Date: February 2009
Length: 1:02:00
Mitigation Past, Present, and Future: Josephe Amrine - Comments & Discussion
Collection: HD 4140
Date: February 2009
Length: 36:00
Mitigtion Interviewing
Collection: HD 4140
Date: February 2009
Length: 36:00
Mitigtion Past, Present, and Future: Joseph Amrine Tells His Story
Collection: HD 4140
Date: February 2009
Length: 1:21:00
Protected Classes
Collection: HD 4140
Date: February 2009
Length: 1:11:00
Protected Classes: Adolescents and Youth
Collection: HD 4140
Date: February 2009
Length: 52:00
Protected Classes: Mental Retardation
Collection: HD 4140
Date: February 2009
Length: 21:00
Significant Empirical Findings
Collection: HD 4140
Date: February 2009
Length: 58:00
Developing a Reliable Social History
Collection: HD 4140
Date: January 2009
Length: 1:01:00
Preparing a Mitigation Case
Collection: HD 4140
Date: January 2009
Length: 55:00
Brain Development in Healthy and Vulnerable Populations
Date: November 2008
Length: 1:00:00
Ruben Gur discusses his research on how behavioral dimensions are related to regional brain function using neuroimaging data and behavioral data related to regional brain function in healthy people and specific clinical populations with brain disease.
How Does Negative Emotion Cause False Memories?
Date: September 2008
Length: 30:00
Human Development Professor Charles Brainerd discusses research on how emotional content distorts memory and how this impacts the legal system.
The Death Penalty in Delaware
Date: September 2008
Length: 30:00
John Blume discusses what has been learned from empirical studies of Delaware?s death penalty and how these insights might apply to other regions.
Explanations for Everything: The Value of Cognitive Analyses of Judgments and Decisions
Date: February 2008
Length: 1:10:20
Reid Hastie illustrates how we develop mental representations or stories to explain our experience and how these mental representations can be used to explain, predict and control decisions.
Intelligence: Four Paradoxes Resolved
Date: November 2007
Length: 1:14:40
James Flynn, Emeritus Professor of Political Studies at the University of Otago in New Zealand, explores what intelligence really is.
Confirmation Bias in Criminal Investigations
Date: September 2007
Length: 44:35
Dr. Phoebe Ellsworth, Professor of Law and Psychology, University of Michigan, discusses confirmation bias as a source of false convictions in this colloquium sponsored by the Department of Human Development and others.
Five Factors that Can Damage Childrens Memory
Date: September 2007
Stephen Ceci discusses memory and how childrens memory can be corrupted in this engaging guest lecture for Introductory Psychology that includes two audience participation experiments.
Law, Psychology, and Human Development
Date: June 2007
Length: 1:31:52
Charles Brainerd highlights the pervasive use of memory reports as legal evidence, common assumptions juries make, and related research findings.
The Science of False Memory - Video
Date: November 2006
Length: 1:05:00
Charles Brainerd discusses the psychology of false memories and evidence that calls into question traditional theory regarding memory in this book talk at the Mann Library.