forensic

There is now a wealth of evidence, summarised in the illustration opposite, that the roots of offending, mental health difficulties and failure to reach cognitive potential are often evident from an early stage in children’s lives. Thankfully, there are protective factors too...

The difficulty of constructing faces from our memory has been known for over 30 years (e.g. Davies, 1978). We are not good at the tasks required – describing and selecting individual facial features – instead we process faces ‘holistically’, more as a complete entity (e.g....

The Brain that Changes Itself:
Stories of Personal Triumph from
the Frontiers of Brain Science
Norman Doidge
Penguin; 2008; Pb £9.99

I sing the brain neuroplastic’ should perhaps be the title of this somehow very American book...

More than 35 years ago, computer scientist and cognitive psychologist Allen Newell  famously asserted that ‘you can’t play 20 questions with nature and win’ (Newell, 1973). Referencing a quiz show in which contestants attempted to guess, with up to 20 questions, an object...

Many crimes are committed for which the only record of the event is contained in the memory of an eyewitness. When this occurs, police use specialised interviewing techniques to recover an accurate description of the event and the people involved (e.g. Milne & Bull, 2006...

The role of an expert witness is not the exclusive province of any one area or branch of psychology; the need for expert advice and guidance may indeed involve a wide range of psychological research and practice. Yet it is fair to say that many psychologists are anxious about...

As a young detective with the Reykjavik Criminal Investigation Department, you once spent two days sifting through a rubbish dump looking for a murder weapon to verify a confession. Has your search for the truth been a lifelong quest?
Yes, it certainly...

I wake on the day of the assessment thinking already about going to the prison to assess a 15-year-old boy accused of murder.* Young people who are facing trial for such serious crimes have often lived through more conflict in their short lives than I have in mine. I already...

The provision of expert testimony by psychologists in legal proceedings can be traced back to the very beginnings of experimental psychology and its founder Wilhelm Wundt and his students. In 1896 Baron Albert von Schrenck-Notzing (1862–1929), a German psychiatrist who had...