Hugo who? G. F. Arnold's alternative early approach to psychology and law

Brian H. Bornstein, Steven D. Penrod

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Hugo Münsterberg is widely regarded as the founder of the discipline of psychology and law, and the publication of his book On the Witness Stand (1908) is considered the signal event in its founding. However, numerous other researchers were conducting and publishing research on psycholegal topics in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and at least one other book on psychology and law - G. F. Arnold's Psychology Applied to Legal Evidence and Other Constructions of Law (1906) - appeared prior to the publication of Münsterberg's work. The present paper contrasts these two seminal publications, focussing on their relevance to the 'basic-versus-applied' debate in contemporary eyewitness memory research and exploring reasons why M-dsunsterberg has been so influential while Arnold has been largely ignored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)759-768
Number of pages10
JournalApplied Cognitive Psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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