Our Publications

Featured publications

Jump to category

Guilty Pleas

‘Guilty plea decisions: Moving beyond the autonomy myth’ – Rebecca K. Helm, Roxanna Dehaghani, and Daniel Newman
(2022) 85(1) Modern Law Review 133
Read more
‘Cognition and incentives in plea decisions: Categorical differences in outcomes as the tipping point for innocent defendants’ – Rebecca K. Helm
(2021) Psychology, Public Policy, and Law
Read more
‘Guilty pleas in children: Legitimacy, vulnerability, and the need for increased protection’ – Rebecca K. Helm
(2021) 48(2) Journal of Law and Society 179
Read more
‘Pleading guilty online: Enhanced vulnerability and access to justice’ – Rebecca K. Helm
Modern Law Review Forum
Read more
‘Constrained waiver of trial rights? Incentives to plead guilty and the right to a fair trial’ – Rebecca K. Helm
(2019) 46(3) Journal of Law and Society 423
Read more
‘Conviction by consent? Vulnerability, autonomy, and conviction by guilty plea’ – Rebecca K. Helm
(2019) 83(2) The Journal of Criminal Law 161
Read more
‘Too young to plead? Risk, rationality and plea bargaining’s innocence problem in adolescents’ – Rebecca K. Helm, Valerie F. Reyna, Allison A. Franz, and Rachel Z. Novick
(2018) 24(2) Psychology, Public Policy, and Law 180
Read more
‘Cognitive theory and plea-bargaining’ – Rebecca K. Helm
(2018) 5(2) Policy Insights from the Behavioural and Brain Sciences 195
Read more
‘Logical but incompetent plea decisions: A new approach to plea bargaining grounded in cognitive theory’ – Rebecca K. Helm and Valerie F. Reyna
(2017) 23(3) Psychology, Public Policy, and Law 367
Read more
‘Limitations on the ability to negotiate justice’ – Rebecca K. Helm, Valerie F. Reyna, Alison, A. Franz, Rachel Z. Novick, Sarah Dincin, and Amanda E. Cort
(2018) 24(9) Psychology, Crime, and Law 915
Read more
‘The Unexonerated: Factually innocent defendants who plead guilty’ – John H Blume and Rebecca K Helm
(2014) 100 Cornell Law Review 157
Read more

Juries and Jury Decision Making

‘Prevalence estimates as priors: Juror characteristics, perceived base rates, and verdicts in cases reliant on complainant and defendant testimony.’ – Rebecca K. Helm and Bethany Growns
(2022) Applied Cognitive Psychology
Read more
‘Jury decision making in the criminal trial’ – Rebecca K. Helm and Madeleine Millar
in E. Johnston (ed.), Challenges in Criminal Justice (Routledge, 2022)
Read more
‘Guiding jurors’ damage award decisions: Experimental investigations of approaches based on theory and practice’ – Valerie P. Hans, Krystia Reed, Valerie F. Reyna, David Garavito, and Rebecca K. Helm
(2022) Psychology, Public Policy, and Law
Read more
‘Evaluating witness testimony: Juror knowledge, false memory, and the utility of evidence-based directions’ – Rebecca K. Helm
(2021) 25(4) The International Journal of Evidence & Proof 264
Read more
‘Numeracy in the jury box: Numerical ability, meaningful anchors, and damage-award decision-making’ – Rebecca K. Helm, Valerie P. Hans, Valerie F. Reyna and Krystia Reed
(2020) 34(2) Applied Cognitive Psychology 434
Read more
‘Procedural roles: Professional judges, lay judges, and lay jurors’ – Rebecca K. Helm and Valerie P. Hans
in Darryl Brown, Jenia Iontcheva Turner and Bettina Weisser (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Criminal Process (OUP, 2019)
Read more
‘From meaning to money: Translating injury into dollars’ – Valerie P. Hans, Rebecca K. Helm, and Valerie F. Reyna
(2018) 42(2) Law and Human Behavior 95
Read more
‘Trial by numbers’ – Rebecca K. Helm, Valerie P. Hans and Valerie F. Reyna
(2017) Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy 107
Read more
‘Unpacking insanity defence standards: An experimental study of rationality and control tests in criminal law’ – Rebecca K. Helm, Stephen J. Ceci, and Kayla A. Burd
(2016) 8(2) The European Journal of Psychology Applied to Legal Context 63
Read more

Eyewitness Memory

‘Evaluating witness testimony: Juror knowledge, false memory, and the utility of evidence-based directions’ – Rebecca K. Helm
(2021) 24(5) The International Journal of Evidence & Proof 264
Read more
‘Forensic analysis of child interrogations and testimony’ – Rebecca K. Helm, Caisa E. Royer, and Stephen J. Ceci
in Wendy Koen and C. Michael Bowers (eds.), Psychology and Sociology of Wrongful Convictions (Academic Press, 2018)
Read more
‘Can implicit associations distinguish true and false eyewitness memory?’ – Rebecca K. Helm, Stephen J. Ceci, and Kayla A. Burd
(2017) 34(6) Behavioural Sciences & the Law 803
Read more
‘Children’s suggestibility research: Things to know before interviewing a child’ – Amelia C. Hritz, Caisa E. Royer, Rebecca K. Helm, Kayla A. Burd, Karen Ojeda, and Stephen J. Ceci
(2015) 25(1) Anuario de Psicología Jurídica 3
Read more

Human Rights

‘Regulatory responses to fake news and freedom of expression: Normative and empirical evaluation’ – Rebecca K. Helm and Hitoshi Nasu
(2021) 21(2) Human Rights Law Review 302
Read more
‘Constrained waiver of trial rights? Incentives to plead guilty and the right to a fair trial’ – Rebecca K. Helm
(2019) 46(3) Journal of Law and Society 423
Read more

Miscarriages of Justice

‘The anatomy of “factual error” miscarriages of justice: A fifty year review ‘ – Rebecca K. Helm
(2021) 5 Criminal Law Review 351
Read more
‘The Unexonerated: Factually innocent defendants who plead guilty’ – John H Blume and Rebecca K Helm
(2014) 100 Cornell Law Review 157
Read more

Arbitration

‘Are arbitrators human?’ – Rebecca K. Helm, Andrew J. Wistrich, and Jeffrey J. Rachlinski
(2016) 13(4) Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 666
Read more

Neuroscience and Law

‘Brain activation covaries with reported criminal behaviours when making risky choices: A Fuzzy-Trace Theory Approach’ – Valerie F. Reyna, Rebecca K. Helm, Rebecca B. Weldon, Pooja D. Shah, Alexa G. Turpin, and Shravya Govindgari
(2018) 147(7) Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 1094
Read more

Forensic Science and Expertise

‘The low prevalence effect in fingerprint comparison amongst forensic science trainees and novices’ – Bethany Growns, James Dunn, Rebecca Helm, Alice Towler, and Jeff Kukucka
(in Press) PLOS One
‘Match me if you can: Evidence for a domain-general visual comparison ability’ – Bethany Growns, James Dunn, Erwin Mattijssen, Adele Quigley-McBride and Alice Towler
(2022) Psychonomic Bulletin and Review 1
Read more
‘The multi-faceted nature of visual statistical learning: Individual differences in learning conditional and distributional regularities across time and space’ – Bethany Growns, Noam Siegelman, and Kristy A. Martire
(2020) 27(6) Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 1291
Read more
‘Forensic feature-comparison expertise: Better statistical learners have better visual comparison performance after diagnosticity training’ – Bethany Growns and Kristy A. Martire
(2020) 26(3) Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied 493
Read more
‘Improving expert evidence: The role of open science and transparency’ – Jason Chin, Bethany Growns, and David Mellor
(2019) 50(2) Ottawa Law Review 1
Read more
‘Expert decision-making’ – Rebecca K. Helm, Michael McCormick, and Valerie F. Reyna
in Linden Ball and Valerie Thompson (eds.), The International Handbook of Thinking and Reasoning (Routledge, 2019)
Read more
‘What do experts know? Calibration, precision, and the wisdom of crowds among forensic handwriting experts’ – Kristy A. Martire, Bethany Growns, and Danielle Navarro
(2018) 25 Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 2346
Read more