Saul Kassin
Distinguished Professor
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10.63.06 NB

1978 PHD Personality and Social Psychology, University of Connecticut
1976 MA Personality and Social Psychology, University of Connecticut


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Scholarly Work


Kassin, S. M. (2006). Psychology in Modules. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Kassin, S. M., & Briggs, K. (Eds.) (2005). Readings from the American Psychological Society: Current Directions in Psychology. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Brehm, S. S., Kassin, S. M., & Fein, S. (2005). Social psychology (6th ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin. (previous editions 1990, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2002)

Kassin, S.M. (2004). Psychology (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. (previous editions 1995, 1998, 2001)

Kassin, S.M. (2004). Essentials of Psychology. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Fein, S., & Kassin, S.M. (Eds.) (2002). Readings in social psychology. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Wrightsman, L.S., & Kassin, S.M. (1993). Confessions in the courtroom. Newbury Park: Sage.

Kassin, S. M., & Wrightsman, L. S. (1988). The American jury on trial: Psychological perspectives. Washington, DC: Hemisphere.

Wrightsman, L. S., Kassin, S. M., & Willis, C. (Eds.) (1987). In the jury box: Controversies in the courtroom. Newbury Park: Sage Publications.

Wrightsman, L. S., Willis, C. & Kassin, S. M., (Eds.) (1987). On the witness stand: Controversies in the courtroom. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.

Kassin, S. M., & Wrightsman, L. S. (Eds.) (1985). The psychology of evidence and trial procedure. Beverly Hills: Sage Publications.

Brehm, S. S., Kassin, S. M., & Gibbons, F. X. (Eds.) (1981). Developmental social psychology: 4

Theory and research. New York: Oxford University Press.

Book Chapters

Kassin, S.M. (in press). Forensic psychology. In R. Baumeister & K. Vohs (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Social Psychology. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.

Kassin, S. M. (in press). Expert testimony on the psychology of confessions: A pyramidal model of the relevant science. In E. Borgida & S. T. Fiske (Eds.), Psychological Science in Court: Beyond Common Knowledge. Oxford, England: Blackwell Publishing.

Kassin, S. M. (in press). Internalized false confessions. In M. Toglia, R. Lindsay, D. Ross, & J. Read (Eds.), Handbook of eyewitness psychology: Volume 1, Memory for Events. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Kassin, S. M. (2006). Judging eyewitnesses, confessions, informants, and alibis: What is wrong with juries, and can they do better? In A. Heaton-Armstrong, E. Shepherd, G. Gudjonsson, & D. Wolchover, (Eds.), Witness Testimony: Psychological, Investigative and Evidential Perspectives (pp. 639-673). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Kassin, S. M. (2006). A critical appraisal of modern police interrogations. In T. Williamson

(Ed.), Investigative interviewing: Rights, research, regulation (pp. 207-228). Devon,

UK: Willan Publishing.

Kassin, S. M. (2005). What’s your prediction? Introducing psychology via common sense. Chapter to appear in B. Perlman, L.. McCann, & W. Buskist (Eds.), Voices of NITOP: Favorite talks from the National Institute On The Teaching of Psychology.

Kassin, S. M. (2004). True or false: "I’d know a false confession if I saw one." In P. Granhag & L. Strömwall (Eds.), Deception detection in forensic contexts (pp. 172-194). Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.

Meissner, C. A., & Kassin, S. M. (2004). You’re Guilty, So Just Confess!" Cognitive and

Behavioral Confirmation Biases in the Interrogation Room. In G. D. Lassiter (Ed.), Interrogations, confessions, and entrapment (pp. 85-106). New York: Kluwer Academic.

Kassin, S. M. (2001). Confessions: Psychological and forensic aspects. In N. J. Smelser & P. B. Baltes (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Kassin, S. M. (2000). Psychology, Social Psychology. In Microsoft Encyclopedia Encarta 2000.

Kassin, S. M., & Studebaker, C. A. (1998). Instructions to disregard and the jury: Curative and paradoxical effects. In J. Golding & C. MacLeod (Eds.), Intentional Forgetting: 5

Interdisciplinary Approaches (pp. 413-434). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Kassin, S. M., & Pryor, J. B. (1985). The development of attribution processes. In J. Pryor & J. Day (Eds.), The development of social cognition. NY: Springer-Verlag.

Kassin, S. M., & Wrightsman, L. S. (1985). Confession evidence. In S. Kassin & L. Wrightsman (Eds.), The psychology of evidence and trial procedure. Beverly Hills: Sage Books.

Kassin, S. M., & Baron, R. M. (1985). Basic determinants of attribution and social perception. In J. Harvey & G. Weary (Eds.), Current perspectives on attribution theory and research. NY: Academic Press.

Kassin, S. M., & Lepper, M. R. (1984). Oversufficient and insufficient justification effects: Cognitive and behavioral development. In J. Nicholls (Ed.), The development of achievement motivation. Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Kassin, S. M. (1981). From laychild to "layman": Developmental causal attribution. In S. Brehm,

S. Kassin, & F. Gibbons (Eds.), Developmental social psychology: Theory and research. New York: Oxford University Press.

Book Reviews

Kassin, S.M. (2005). True witness: Cops, courts, science, and the struggle against misidentification, by James M. Doyle. American Psychology Law Society News, 25, No. 1, 3-5, 19.

Kassin, S.M. (1998). Clinical psychology in court: House of junk science? Contemporary Psychology, 43, 321-324.

Kassin, S.M. (1991). Interpersonal perception: Lessons in the art and science of experimental social psychology. Contemporary Psychology, 36, 1035-1037.

Kassin, S. M. (1989). Inside the jury. Criminal Justice Review, 14, 103-104.

Kassin, S. M. (1981). Four differing social psychology texts. Contemporary Psychology, 26, 454-455.


Kassin, S. M., Leo, R. A., Meissner, C. A., Richman, K. D., Colwell, L. H., Leach, A-M., &

LaFon, D. (in press). Police interviewing and interrogation: A Self-report survey of police practices and beliefs, Law and Human Behavior.

Russano, M. B., Meissner, C. A., Narchet, F. M., & Kassin, S. M. (2005). Investigating true 6 and false confessions within a novel experimental paradigm. Psychological Science, 16, 481-486.

Kassin, S. M. (2005). On the psychology of confessions: Does innocence put innocents at risk? American Psychologist, 60, 215-228.

Kassin, S. M., Meissner, C. A., & Norwick, R. J. (2005). "I’d know a false confession if I saw one": A comparative study of college students and police investigators. Law and Human Behavior, 29, 211-227.

Kassin, S. M., & Gudjonsson, G. H. (2005). True crimes, false confessions: Why do innocent people confess to crimes they did not commit? Scientific American Mind, June issue, 24-31.

Kassin, S. M., & Gudjonsson, G. H. (2004). The psychology of confession evidence: A review of the literature and issues. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 5, 35-69.

Kassin, S. (2004). Videotape police interrogations. The Boston Globe, OP-ED, April 26, 2004,
p. A-13.

Kassin, S. M., & Norwick, R. J. (2004). Why people waive their Miranda rights: The power of innocence. Law and Human Behavior, 28, 211-221.

Kassin, S. M., Goldstein, C. C., & Savitsky, K. (2003). Behavioral confirmation in the interrogation room: On the dangers of presuming guilt. Law and Human Behavior, 27, 187-203.

Kassin, S. (2002). False confessions and the jogger case. The New York Times OP-ED, Friday, November 1, 2002, p. A31.

Meissner, C.A., & Kassin, S.M. (2002). "He’s guilty!": Investigator bias in judgments of truth and deception. Law and Human Behavior. 26, 469-480.

Kassin, S.M., Tubb, V.A., Hosch, H.M., & Memon, A. (2002). Eyewitness researchers as experts in court: Responsive to change in a dynamic and rational process. American Psychologist, 57, 378-379.

Kassin, S.M. (2002). Human judges of truth, deception, and credibility: Confident but erroneous. Cardozo Law Review, 23, 809-817.

Kassin, S.M., Tubb, V.A., Hosch, H.M., & Memon, A. (2001). On the "general acceptance" of eyewitness testimony research: A new survey of experts. American Psychologist, 56, 405-416.

Sommers, S. R., & Kassin, S. M. (2001). On the many impacts of inadmissible testimony: 7

Selective compliance, need for cognition, and the overcorrection bias. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 27, 1368-1377.

Vidmar, N., Lempert, R., Diamond, S., Hans, V., Landsman, S., MacCoun, R., Sanders, J., Hosch, H. Kassin, S., Galanter, M., Eisenberg, T., Daniels, S., Greene, E., Martin, J., Penrod, S., Richardson, J., Heuer, L., & Horowitz, I. (2000). Amicus brief: Kumho Tire v. Carmichael. Law and Human Behavior, 24, 387-400.

Kassin, S.M., & Fong, C. T. (1999). "I'm Innocent!": Effects of training on judgments of truth and deception in the interrogation Room. Law and Human Behavior, 23, 499-516.

Kassin, S.M. (1998). Eyewitness identification procedures: The fifth rule. Law and Human Behavior, 22, 649-653.

Kassin, S.M. (1998). More on the psychology of false confessions. American Psychologist, 53, 320-321.

Kassin, S.M. (1997). The psychology of confession evidence. American Psychologist, 52, 221-233.

Kassin, S.M. (1997). False memories turned against the self. Psychological Inquiry, 8, 300-302.

Kassin, S.M., & Sukel, H. (1997). Coerced confessions and the jury: An experimental test of the "harmless error" rule. Law and Human Behavior, 21, 27-46.

Kassin, S.M., & Sommers, S.R. (1997). Inadmissible testimony, instructions to disregard, and the jury: Substantive versus procedural considerations. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 23, 1046-1054.

Kassin, S.M., & Neumann, K. (1997). On the power of confession evidence: An experimental test of the "fundamental difference" hypothesis. Law and Human Behavior, 21, 469-484.

Kassin, S.M., & Dunn, M. (1997). Computer-animated displays and the jury: Facilitative and prejudicial effects. Law and Human Behavior, 21, 269-281.

Kassin, S.M., & Kiechel, K.L. (1996). The social psychology of false confessions: Compliance, internalization, and confabulation. Psychological Science, 7, 125-128.

Regan, P.C., Snyder, M., & Kassin, S.M. (1995). Unrealistic optimism: Self-enhancement or person positivity? Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 21, 1073-1082.

Kassin, S.M., Ellsworth, P.C., & Smith, V.L. (1994). Deja vu all over again: Elliott's critique of eyewitness experts. Law and Human Behavior, 18, 203-210.

Smith, V.L., & Kassin, S.M. (1993). Effects of the dynamite charge on the deliberations of 8

deadlocked mock juries. Law and Human Behavior, 17, 625-644.

Kassin, S.M., & Barndollar, K.A. (1992). On the psychology of eyewitness testimony: A comparison of experts and prospective jurors. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 22, 1241-1249.

Kassin, S. M., Rigby, S., & Castillo, S. R. (1991). The accuracy-confidence correlation in eyewitness testimony: Limits and extensions of the retrospective self-awareness effect. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 61, 698-707.

Kassin, S. M., & Garfield, D. A. (1991). Blood and guts: General and trial-specific effec

Research Summary

Honors, Awards, and Grants

Macarthur Foundation, Juvenile Justice Network grant to study biases in judgments of juvenile and
minority suspects in pre-interrogation interviews (2003-2006)

Marquis Who's Who in America (1999-present); Who’s Who in the World (2000-present)

NIH Research Fellowship, Stanford University, 1985-86

U.S. Supreme Court Judicial Fellowship Award, 1984-85

Foundation for Child Development, Research Grant, 1984-85

NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Kansas, 1978-79

University of Connecticut Research Foundation Grant, 1977-78

Phi Beta Kappa, 1975