All About Law and Crime

Psychology and the law intersect in the field of forensic science. Legal practitioners require a grasp of human motivation at its most basic and most debased in order to render fair judgment.

Recent posts on Law and Crime

Free Speech vs. Hate Speech

How can we balance free speech and student safety?

Delusional or Dissident?

By Joni E Johnston Psy.D. on December 05, 2016 in The Human Equation
Can hate crimes be fueled by mental illness? Here's what the evidence says.

Science Is Not Just a Matter of Opinion

By Allen J Frances M.D. on December 02, 2016 in Saving Normal
"Everyone is entitled to their own opinion facts"

More About Race and Police Violence

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Pop Psych
When it comes to those killed by police, white officers are not more likely to kill black citizens than black officers; it's actually the reverse.

Inside the Bungled Case That Spawned Sex Offender Registries

By Karen Franklin Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Witness
The 1989 abduction of Jacob Wetterling riveted the nation and spawned modern sex offender registries. But would these laws have made a difference? A brilliant podcast explores.

Happiness Without Sadness Has No Meaning

The intensity of happiness can only be measured by the intensity of sadness.
K. Ramsland

Boys Dressed as Girls Who Became Serial Killers

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Some serial killers recall being dressed as girls when young, despite being male. It might have had a negative impact.

Anxious About Hate Crimes?

By Patty Chang Anker on November 28, 2016 in Some Nerve
Hate crimes are in the news, minorities feel vulnerable and friends feel powerless to help. Here are 5 ways we can meet bias incidents head on.

4 Questions to Ask Before Wearing a Safety Pin

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Considering wearing a safety pin? Make sure to ask these 4 questions to avoid the hidden dangers of wearing the pin!

Serial Killer Groupies and Murderabilia Collectors

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on November 27, 2016 in Wicked Deeds
The public has an insatiable appetite for the sensationalized tales of serial killers. Some people take their obsession to extreme ends.

Further Thoughts About Abuse Causing Criminality

A further look at the conventional wisdom

Nonverbal Cues That Signal Rapport

Nonverbal cues that signal when rapport has been established are often overlooked.
K. Ramsland

Power Assertive Murder

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on November 20, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Some serial killers are motivated by anger and the need to harm those they think have wronged them. Todd Kohlhepp appears to be in this category.

The Worst Problem in American Politics?

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on November 19, 2016 in Intentional Insights
How do we deal with the worst problem in US politics? This post has a few research-based suggestions!

5 Verbal Red Flags That Signal Deception

When you're having important conversations, here's how to be mindful of potential deception.

Talking Down Angry Protesters and Hate Crime Perpetrators

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on November 18, 2016 in Just Listen
We have nothing to lose by asking and seeking to understand what lies beneath the anger, and what will make it go away.
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3 Tips to Stay Safe When an Ex Becomes a Stalker

By Joni E Johnston Psy.D. on November 15, 2016 in The Human Equation
When a stalker is a former lover, the victim must be aware of the psychological blind spots that can increase her risk.

The Drug Enforcement Agency Has the Wrong Priorities

By Allen J Frances M.D. on November 15, 2016 in Saving Normal
The DEA should stop over-reacting to the relatively small safety risks of Kratom and pot and stop under-reacting to the daily tragedies caused by the opioid epidemic.
K. Ramsland

Serial Killers and Celebrity TV

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on November 13, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
A clip of a TV show that features a killer now on trial for four murders brings to mind other murderers who got their 15 minutes of TV fame.

Shaun King’s Timeline

We need to understand what is happening around America right now.

Why Prisoners and Ex-Felons Should Retain the Right to Vote

By Gregg D. Caruso Ph.D. on November 06, 2016 in Unjust Deserts
Should 6.1 million citizens be barred from voting on election day?
K. Ramsland

This Week in Murder

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on November 06, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
A new textbook in forensic psychology that focuses on homicide offers an updated and substantive reference.

How U.S. Citizens Become Human Trafficking Victims

Many human trafficking victims are not physically held against their will, and some are even allowed to have cell phones and free time. So why don't they escape?

Jury Duty, Justice, and the Magic of Silence

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on November 01, 2016 in Life, Refracted
Silence can indeed have superb applications. The value of it during jury deliberations made me appreciate it from a new perspective.

Could Vampires Be Real?

Another psychiatrist describes how a woman stored her own blood to look at it in times of stress, as this calmed her.

If Single People Ruled, Here’s What Would Change

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on October 28, 2016 in Living Single
If single people wrote the laws and policies of the land, we would see greater inclusiveness and fewer people left vulnerable.

America’s Opioid Epidemic

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on October 28, 2016 in Side Effects
In the battle against opioid addiction, court-released documents show drug makers deliberately blocked efforts to curb prescribing.

In Pakistan, Schizophrenia Denialism Is a Death Sentence

By Joe Pierre M.D. on October 28, 2016 in Psych Unseen
Pakistan has ruled that schizophrenia isn't a mental illness, paving the way for the execution of a mentally ill prisoner. Could something similar happen in the U.S.?

PsySR Stands with the Standing Rock Sioux

By Roy Eidelson Ph.D. on October 26, 2016 in Dangerous Ideas
The actions of the Standing Rock Sioux offer an inspiring model for everyone who wants a sustainable human future and an end to political-economic oppression.