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Priming and False Confessions
Written by Allison   
Tuesday, 15 November 2011 14:51

False confessions are a phenomenon many find mystifying. Although it seems hard to believe a person would voluntarily make a false confession, it occurs with such disturbing regularity that courts must weigh the circumstances under which any confession was obtained when deciding the guilt or innocence of the accused.

 
Analysis of Asperger's Disorder related to General Criminal Conduct
Written by Russell   
Tuesday, 19 August 2008 05:44

Pervasive developmental psychopathology, specifically the DSM-IV-TR [2] autism spectrum Asperger's Disorder, has been implicated in the psychopathology of a subset of serial murderers [3] . The current study uses the BRACE Character Profile™ to analyze the relationship of Asperger's Disorder to the general criminal population, psychopaths, and serial homicide. ...

 
Dangerous Ideas
Written by Editor   
Monday, 13 August 2007 03:08
"Every era has its dangerous ideas. For millennia, the monotheistic religions have persecuted countless heresies, together with nuisances from science such as geocentrism, biblical archeology, and the theory of evolution. We can be thankful that the punishments have changed from torture and mutilation to the canceling of grants and the writing of vituperative reviews. But intellectual intimidation, whether by sword or by pen, inevitably shapes the ideas that are taken seriously in a given era, and the rear-view mirror of history presents us with a warning." -- Steven Pinker, 2007
 
Tell me no secrets, tell me no lies
Written by Editor   
Saturday, 05 May 2007 21:15

If you were to walk up to any stranger and ask if they could detect a lie, there is a high probability that you would receive an affirmative answer. Research however indicates that our ability to detect a lie is no better than chance. Still, we persist and in a sense the criminal trial system reflects just how tenaciously we hold to this mythological belief.

 
The Silent Victims
Written by Editor   
Saturday, 28 April 2007 12:59

Nobody Nowhere, by Donna Williams, is a first hand account of struggling with autism--where language and emotion are disconnected, and where physical pain is experienced in response to stress.

 
Biscuits du jour
Written by Editor   
Thursday, 19 April 2007 13:07

The field of forensic psychology is generally about psychology and the legal system. There is however one area of which few may be aware. Forensic psychologist also consult in domains that have an international impact. Take the war on terrorism, for example.

 
Sorrow`s children
Written by Editor   
Sunday, 10 December 2006 06:44

On Wednesday, October 19, 2005, 23-year-old Lashaun Harris threw her three young children—aged 16-months-old to 6-years-old—to their deaths in the San Francisco bay.[1] On Wednesday, March 29, 2006, Linda Woo of San Francisco, California, murdered her 3-year-old daughter in an attempted murder-suicide.[2]


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Lock-a-bye Baby
Written by Editor   
Sunday, 29 October 2006 07:14

Although the story of Just Joe seems to epitomize the issue of juveniles at risk there was scant information regarding his trajectory as a juvenile sex offender within the mental health system. Regardless, the present-day perception of the lay-public appears to reflect a commonly held view that Joe was born a sexual predator.

 
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