The Legal Psychology Research Lab focuses on the intersection of psychology and the law. For instance, we are interested in:
- factors that affect juror/jury judgments, such as the effects of stereotypes, prejudice, and emotion
- procedural characteristics, such as jury instructions
- parole decision-making
- attitudes toward police officers
Our methods to collect data include self-report measures and behavioral tasks, using software such as Qualtrics and Inquisit. Microsoft Excel and IBM SPSS are used for data analysis.
Reynolds, J. J., Estrada-Reynolds, V., & Nunez, N. (2018). Development and validation of the Attitudes Towards Police Legitimacy Scale. Law and Human Behavior, 42, 119-134. (pdf)
Estrada-Reynolds, V., Reynolds, J., McCrea, S. M., & Freng, S. (2016). I don’t like the cut of your jib: Perceived facial masculinity as a cue to criminality. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 24(3), 392-409. (pdf)
Estrada-Reynolds, V., Schweitzer, K., & Nunez, N. (2016). Emotions in the courtroom: How sadness, fear, anger, and disgust affect jurors’ decisions. Wyoming Law Review, 16(2), 343-358. (pdf)
Estrada-Reynolds, V., Schweitzer, K., Nunez, N., & Culhane, S. (2016). Male and female parole decisions: Is paying your dues or saying you’re sorry more important? Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. (pdf)
We are seeking self-motivated and detail-oriented undergraduate students to join the lab. Students interested in becoming a research assistant must have a 3.0 GPA and commit to working in the lab for 1 year (2 semesters). Although it is helpful if you have taken PSYC 2241 (Statistical Methods) and PSYC 3242 (Experimental Psychology), it is not required for participating in this lab. If you are interested in joining our lab, please email Dr. Estrada-Reynolds (email@example.com) for more information regarding the application process.
Responsibilities as a research assistant include: help to design studies/surveys, collect participant data (online and in person), input and analyze data, and searching for scientific literature and resources. Students participating in laboratory activities will gain experience in searching for, understanding, and conducing empirical research in psychology and law.