Emeritus Psychology
Curriculum vita (PDF)



Brian Bornstein is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Courtesy Professor of Law at UNL. He started at the university in 2000 and retired in 2019. He served as Director of the Law-Psychology program from 2015-2017. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991, and a Master of Legal Studies from the University of Nebraska in 2001. Dr. Bornstein's research efforts focus primarily on how juries make decisions and the reliability of eyewitness memory. His latest books are Hugo Münsterberg's Psychology and Law: A Historical and Contemporary Assessment (with Jeffrey Neuschatz, Oxford University Press, 2020), Popular Myths about Memory: Media Representations versus Scientific Evidence (Lexington Books, 2017) and The Jury under Fire: Myth, Controversy, and Reform (with Edie Greene, Oxford University Press, 2017). He is co-editor of the the NYU Press Psychology & Crime book series, and the Springer Advances in Psychology & Law book series.

Recent Journal Articles

NOTE: Most of my articles are available here; you can scroll through all UNL psychology faculty publications, or do a search by my name.

  • Bornstein, B.H., Hamm, J.A., Dellapaolera, K.S., Kleynhans, A., & Miller, M.K. (2020). JUST: A measure of jury system trustworthiness. Psychology, Crime & Law, 26, 797-022. DOI: 10.1080/1068316X.2020.1740222
  • DeLoach, D.K., Neuschatz, J.S., Wetmore, S.A., & Bornstein, B.H. (2020). The role of ulterior motives, inconsistencies, and details in unreliable jailhouse informant testimony. Psychology, Crime & Law, 26(7), 667-686. DOI: 10.1080.1068316X.2019.1708359
  • Hodges, H.J., Fessinger, M.B., Bornstein, B.H., Low, E.C., Viñas-Racionero, R., & Scalora, M.J. (2020). A loaded subject: Comparison of experiences, knowledge, and attitudes about firearms between a diverse male psychiatric sample and a male community sample. Psychology of Violence. Online First http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/vio0000347
  • Bornstein, B.H., & Kleynhans, A.J. (2019). The evolution of jury research methods: From Hugo Münsterberg to the modern age. Denver Law Review, 96, 813-839.
  • Hamm, J.A., D’Annunzio, A.M., Bornstein, B.H., Hoetger, L., & Herian, M. (2019). Do body-worn cameras reduce eyewitness cooperation with the police? An experimental inquiry. Journal of Experimental Criminology, 15, 685-701. DOI: 10.1007/s11292-019-09356-3
  • Key, K.N., Neuschatz, J.S., Bornstein, B.H., Wetmore, S.A., Luecht, K.M., Dellapaolera, K.S., & Quinlivan, D.S. (2018). Beliefs about secondary confession evidence: A survey of laypeople and defense attorneys. Psychology, Crime & Law, 24, 1-13
  • Bornstein, B.H., Golding, J.L., Neuschatz, J., Kimbrough, C., Reed, K., Magyarics, C., & Luecht, K. (2017). Mock juror sampling issues in jury simulation research: A meta-analysis. Law and Human Behavior, 41, 13-28.
  • PtylikZillig, L.M., Kimbrough, C., Shockley, E., Neal, T.M.S., Herian, M.N., Hamm, J.A., Bornstein, B.H., & Tomkins, A.J. (2017). A longitudinal and experimental study of the impact of knowledge on the bases of institutional trust. PlosOne, 12(4): e0175387.
  • Bornstein, B.H., & Neuschatz, J.S. (2020). Hugo Münsterberg’s psychology and law: A historical and contemporary assessment. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Bornstein, B.H. (2017). Popular myths about memory: Media representations versus scientific evidence. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • Bornstein, B.H., & Greene, E. (2017). The jury under fire: Myth, controversy, and reform. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Bornstein, B.H., & Miller, M.K. (2009). God in the courtroom: Religion's role at trial. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Greene, E., & Bornstein, B.H. (2003). Determining damages: The psychology of jury awards. Washington, DC: APA.
Volumes Edited
  • Bornstein, B.H., & Miller, M.K. (2019). Advances in psychology and law (Vol. 5). New York: Springer.
  • Bornstein, B.H., & Miller, M.K. (2019). Advances in psychology and law (Vol. 4). New York: Springer.
  • Bornstein, B.H., & Miller, M.K. (2018). Advances in psychology and law (Vol. 3). New York: Springer.
  • Bornstein, B.H., & Miller, M.K. (2016). Advances in psychology and law (Vol. 2). New York: Springer.
  • Miller, M.K., & Bornstein, B.H. (2016). Advances in psychology and law (Vol. 1). New York: Springer.
  • Shockley, E., Neal, T., PytlikZillig, L., & Bornstein, B.H. (2016). Interdisciplinary perspectives on trust: Towards theoretical and methodological integration. New York: Springer.
  • Willis-Esqueda, C., & Bornstein, B.H. (2016). The witness stand and Lawrence S. Wrightsman, Jr. New York: Springer.
  • Bornstein, B.H., & Tomkins, A.J. (Eds.) (2015). Motivating cooperation and compliance with authority: The role of institutional trust. New York: Springer.
  • McAuliff, B.D., & Bornstein, B.H. (Eds.) (2015). Beliefs and expectancies in legal decision making. London: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.
  • Bornstein, B.H., & Wiener, R.L. (Eds.). (2014). Justice, conflict and wellbeing: Multidisciplinary perspectives. New York: Springer.
  • Miller, M.K., & Bornstein, B.H. (Eds.) (2013). Trauma, stress and wellbeing in the legal system. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Wiener, R.L., & Bornstein, B.H. (Eds.) (2011). Handbook of trial consulting. New York: Springer.
  • Bornstein, B.H., & Wiener, R.L. (Eds.). (2010). Emotion and the law: Psychological perspectives. New York: Springer.
  • Schopp, R.F., Wiener, R.L., Bornstein, B.H., & Willborn, S. (Eds.) (2009). Mental disorder and criminal law: Responsibility, punishment and competence. New York: Springer.
  • Bornstein, B.H., Wiener, R.L., Schopp, R., & Willborn, S.L. (2008). Civil juries and civil justice: Psychological and legal perspectives. NY: Springer.
  • Wiener, R.L., Bornstein, B.H., Schopp, R., & Willborn, S.L. (2007). Social consciousness in legal decision making: Psychological perspectives. NY: Springer.