Within the framework of legal psychology the course will deepen the perspectives of judicial psychology, with a focus on the decision-making processes of the judge, and of legislative psychology, with a focus on the innovative contributions of Behavioural Law & Economics. Specifically, a theoretical analysis and an applicative deepening of the thinking processes, of the fallacies of reasoning and of the systematic biases in the inferential processes that constellate the dynamics of evaluation and decision in the judicial field will be developed. In addition, the processes of memory, mnestic distortions, amnesias and false memories will be deepened with particular regard to the testimony in court. Finally, psychosocial dynamics will be discussed capable to promote conciliative solutions of disputes.
At the end of the course students will be able to: recognize, understand and describe the main distortions that characterize the processes of assessment and decision in the judicial environment, describe the origins and evolution of legal psychology, describe and apply behavioral contributions to the development of standards cognitively and socially ergonomic, identify the main cognitive and psychosocial processes that influence judgment and decision, analyze the interactions between the main actors of the judicial context, design cognitive and psychosocial interventions functional to promote compliance and mitigate the biases in the judicial environment, conduct mediation interventions aimed at reaching a conciliatory agreement.