Psychology of the Zimmerman Case Is Being Widely Discussed in the Media, but Rarely by Psychologists

Article ID: 605530

Released: 18-Jul-2013 8:00 AM EDT

Source Newsroom: Temple University

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    Temple University psychologist Frank Farley

Temple University psychologist Frank Farley, Ph.D, is an expert of human behavior. He is a former President of the American Psychological Association, as well as its Division on Media Psychology. He has followed the Zimmerman trial and written about it for

"In the Zimmerman trial every nuance of prosecution and defense strategy, witnesses and courtroom performance were debated by media lawyers, anchors, and professional media 'contributors' of little-known credentials," says Farley. "They speculate about the truth-telling of witnesses, about the meaning of demeanor, the nuances of so-called body language that are notoriously unreliable under these conditions, etc. Astoundingly, no or few trained psychologists have been involved in the coverage (I have seen none), people who have spent a lifetime of rigorous study of human behavior, motivation, emotion, attitude and decision making."

Dr. Farley has previously commented on the psychology of other high-profile cases such as Jodi Arias and Casey Anthony. He can be reached at or 215/668-7581.


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