The aim of the Centre of Competence is to increase the knowledge about psychology and law in society in general, to provide adult training to practitioners from different educational background, and in collaboration with the laboratory of experimental psychology to conduct research uniting the fields of psychology and law.


Members from the The Centre of Excellence in Behavioural and Neural Sciences:

  • Tallinn University Assoc. Prof. in legal psychology Kristjan Kask. Read more at ETIS
  • Tallinn University Junior Researcher Valeri Murnikov. Read more at ETIS. 

Affiliated members:

  • Prof. Pekka Santtila from New York University in Shanghai. Read more.
  • Junior researcher Annegrete Palu from University of Tartu. Read more.

Our main activities

Our main activities are following.

  1. To conduct research in two broad field of psychology and law. First, as in the laboratory in experimental psychology there is equipment necessary to conduct experiments using eyetracker (Tobii X120), then it creates possibilities to conduct research in the fields of perception and memory regarding psychology and law. We are interested in examining eyewitness identification accuracy of multiple perpetrators. Second, we aim to do research in the field of investigative interviewing emphasizing methods to increase the quality of such interviews using and enhancing a specific software. If the quality of investigative interviews increase then it creates also opportunities for the criminal justice system to collect more credible evidence. Also we integrate our research interests with other disciplines within The Centre of Excellence in Behavioural and Neural Sciences. 
  2. To popularize legal psychology (by publishing popular science articles and papers but also via crossmedia channels).

  3. To participate with different domestic and international partners for initiating new research project and applying funding to the projects.

  4. To disseminate relevant and credible information from the field of legal psychology to different groups of specialists and also to provide adult trainings in legal psychology for the interested counterparts (for example, best practices in investigative interviewing).