Forensic Psychology, which is occasionally referred to as Legal Psychology, originally made its debut in the late 1800’s. A Harvard Professor, Professor Munsterberg, introduced the idea of psychology and law with his book, On the Witness Stand in 1908. Since the inception of the idea of psychology and law there have been proponents, as well as though that have spoken against the theories proposed by Munsterberg’s, along with other scientists, theorists, and psychologists that believed that Forensic Psychology had no standing to be linked to topics of law. This literature review will attempt to identify scholarly articles that trace the origins and the movement that led to Forensics Psychology becoming a specialty within the field of
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It is further explained that initially Munsterberg theories concerning the need to understand psychological issues that could impact a person’s decision making capabilities was dismissed by his colleagues and others within the legal arena. This article explains that due to the efforts of John Wigmore, a legal scholar, as well as a Mr. Tyro being adamantly against the idea of psychology and law coexisting and slandering any theories and ideas of Munsterberg the suggestion of the two coming together would not be considered again till the late 1930’s due to the introduction of “extralegal information” (Brigham 278) into numerous court cases.
I chose this article to be the leading article due to the evidence presented in John Brigham, qualitative research pertaining to the conception of Forensic Psychology. John Brigham thesis concerns the origins of Forensic Psychology and to explain what Forensic Psychology is. Brigham offered extensive resources in his article, What is Forensic Psychology, Anyway?, which included a decision / ruling that was issued during Queen Victoria’s rule, 1846, that shows the initial thought concerning psychology and legal issues. Studies included within this article pertained to research performed by other scientists, yet the data still presented facts that explained the rationale of Freud and Munsterberg and the purported need for a better understanding of