Phoebe Ellsworth

University of Michigan

Phoebe Ellsworth, Frank Murphy Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Law at the University of Michigan, and Samuel Gross, Thomas and Mabel Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, will write a book investigating the causes and consequences of false convictions in criminal cases in the United States. They will estimate the prevalence of false convictions and study the psychological processes that can lead police and investigators to mistakenly decide that a person is guilty and to stick with that assessment despite evidence to the contrary. Ellsworth will also work on an individual project which examines how cultures shape emotional experience, expression, and behavior.

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