My research addresses psychological processes within the legal system. Specific topics include the weapon focus effect in eyewitness memory, jurors’ perceptions of retracted confessions, deception, sexual assault, and school bullying. Although I’ve worked with many student collaborators, I’m not currently accepting undergraduate research assistants or graduate students.


Pickel, K. L., & Sneyd, D. E. (2018).  The weapon focus effect is weaker with Black versus White male perpetrators.  Memory, 26, 29-41.


Pickel, K. L., & Gentry, R. H. (2017). Mock jurors' expectations regarding the psychological harm experienced by rape victims as a function of rape prototypicality. Psychology, Crime, and Law, 23, 254-273.


Pickel, K. L., & Gentry, R. H. (2017). Slut shaming in a school bullying case: Evaluators ignore level of harm when the victim self-presents as sexually available. Sex Roles, 76, 89-98.


Pickel, K. L. (2015). Eyewitness memory. In J. M. Fawcett, E. F. Risko, & A. Kingstone (Eds.), The handbook of attention (pp. 485-502). Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.


Gentry, R. H., & Pickel, K. L. (2015). Jurors’ evaluations of a high school bullying case in which the victim attempted suicide. New Criminal Law Review, 19, 63-92.


Gentry, R. H., Pickel, K. L., & Johnson, M. C. (2015). Evaluations of a bullying case involving a victim with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 45, 67-79.


Gentry, R. H., & Pickel, K. L. (2014). Male and female observers’ evaluations of a bullying case as a function of degree of harm, type of bullying, and academic level. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma, 23, 1038-1056.


Pickel, K. L., Bauer, H. M., & Klauser, B. M. (2014). The cost of detecting deception: Judging veracity makes eyewitnesses remember a suspect less accurately but with more certainty. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 28, 314-326.


Pickel, K. L., Kulig, T. C., & Bauer, H. M. (2013). Judging veracity impairs eyewitnesses’ memory of a perpetrator. Memory, 21, 843-856.


Pickel, K. L., Warner, T. C., Miller, T. J., & Barnes, Z. T. (2013). Conceptualizing defendants as minorities leads mock jurors to make biased evaluations in retracted confession cases. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 19, 56-69.


Pickel, K. L., & Staller, J. B. (2012). A perpetrator’s accent impairs witnesses’ memory for physical appearance. Law and Human Behavior, 36, 140-150.


Warner, T. C., & Pickel, K. L. (2010). Camera perspective and trivial details interact to influence jurors' evaluations of a retracted confession. Psychology, Crime, and Law, 16, 493-506.


Pickel, K. L. (2009). The weapon focus effect on memory for female versus male perpetrators. Memory, 17, 664-678.


Pickel, K. L., Karam, T. J., & Warner, T. C. (2009). Jurors’ responses to unusual inadmissible evidence. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 36, 466-480.


Pickel, K. L., Narter, D. B., Jameson, M. M., & Lenhardt, T. T. (2008). The weapon focus effect in child eyewitnesses. Psychology, Crime, and Law, 14, 61-72.


Pickel, K. L., Ross, S. J., & Truelove, R. S. (2006). Do weapons automatically capture attention? Applied Cognitive Psychology, 20, 871-893.


Pickel, K. L. (2004). When a lie becomes the truth: The effects of self-generated misinformation on eyewitness memory. Memory, 12, 14-26.


Pickel, K. L., French, T. A., & Betts, J. M. (2003). A cross-modal weapon focus effect: The influence of a weapon's presence on memory for auditory information. Memory, 3, 277-292.


Balogh, D. W., Kite, M. E., Pickel, K. L., Canel, D., & Schroeder, J. (2003). The effects of delayed report and motive for reporting on perceptions of sexual harassment. Sex Roles, 48, 337-348.


Pickel, K. L. (1999). Distinguishing eyewitness descriptions of perceived objects from descriptions of imagined objects. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 13, 399-413.


Pickel, K. L. (1999). The influence of context on the "weapon focus" effect. Law and Human Behavior, 23, 299-311.


Pickel, K. L. (1998). The effects of motive information and crime unusualness on jurors' judgments in insanity cases. Law and Human Behavior, 22, 571-584.


Pickel, K. L. (1998). Unusualness and threat as possible causes of “weapon focus.” Memory, 6, 277-295.


Pickel, K. L. (1995). Inducing jurors to disregard inadmissible evidence: A legal explanation does not help. Law and Human Behavior, 19, 407-424.