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.

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The Underrecognized Victims of Trafficking: Deaf Women

Human traffickers often target more vulnerable victims who are less inclined to report abuse. One such group includes women who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

Crisis Hostage Negotiation and the Impact of "Control"

By Jeff Thompson Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in Beyond Words
Find out how hostage negotiators help return a sense of control back to the person they are negotiating with so you can apply it to your work and personal life.

Interview with Rene Denfeld, Author of "The Child Finder"

By Jennifer Haupt on September 19, 2017 in One True Thing
"It’s a myth that healing is something we must do internally, all by ourselves. Healing is the great gift we can give each other."

Social Media is the End Result Not the Cause

Garage door openers took away the last vestiges of neighborly contact.

Managing Sexual Harassment and Violence On Campus

Understanding Title IX and Clery is a professional imperative. Learn the procedures to correctly handle sexual assault and violent behavior on campus.

The Scourge of Selfishness

By Mark Leary Ph.D. on September 11, 2017 in Toward a Less Egoic World
Figuring out how to reduce selfishness would have big gains for society.

It's Harder to Spot a Psychopath Than You Might Think

The most widely used test to diagnose a psychopath comes under scrutiny in a new analysis of how well psychologists can agree in rating real clinical cases.

A Psychology of Rescue

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on September 08, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
A nurse gave patients lethal injections so he could dazzle colleagues by bringing the victims back to life. He may have been driven by "heroic rescue," one of our core motives.

Five Typical Charity Scandals

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on September 06, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Corrupt charities are a fact of life — often including the most sanctified, and sanctimonious, charities and their leaders. Here are some highlights of this tradition.

Pre-employment Psychological Screening for Cops

By Ellen Kirschman Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Cop Doc
Can pre-employment psychological screening of police applicants reduce reduce racism, sexism and homophobia? Let's separate fact from fiction.
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Did Trump Create A Moral Panic To Get Elected?

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
Is it possible for influential individuals or groups to achieve their goals by either creating or exploiting widespread public fear?

"Believe Me"

By Joe Navarro M.A. on August 31, 2017 in Spycatcher
The salesperson says, "Believe me." Should you? Some thoughts from the forensic files.

Are Some Criminals Incapable of Changing?

The issue is not "inability" but choices that an offender makes.
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Birds, Bullets, and a Bad Guy

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on August 24, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
A 19th-century German cold case leads to discovery of connection to Robert E. Lee and the true birth of ballistics.

Old-Fashioned and Modern Racism At Play Post-Charlottesville

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on August 24, 2017 in Presence of Mind
A social-psychologist explains how white hate groups and some politicians exploit the dynamics of prejudice and how Confederate monuments cause psychological and social harm.

Do Concealed Weapons Keep People Safer?

The thinking goes that everyday citizens who carry handguns will be able to fight back against armed criminals. Is that true?

Domestic Violence: Power and Rank Dynamics

Being unaware of power dynamics, leads many to blame and shame the victims of domestic violence. Understanding these dynamics empowers us to bear loving witness.

10 Ways to Protect Yourself in a Terrorist Attack

Preparing for the next terrorist attack involves not paranoia, but preparedness. Mindful, intentional steps to be proactive, not reactive can protect you and your loved ones.

The One Thing Trump Got Right on Charlottesville

Trump got almost everything wrong, except this one thing

Can You Sue Someone Over a Broken Promise?

By Ruth Lee Johnson J.D. on August 18, 2017 in So Sue Me
Have you ever relied on someone's promise, only to be hurt when that promise was broken? Promissory estoppel is the little-known legal doctrine that holds people to their word.
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Professional Suicide

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Even great men with ground-breaking accomplishments can experience circumstances that break their spirit.

Q.E.D.: The Most Dangerous Addiction—Childhood Video Games

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Addiction in Society
People who attempts mass murders often seem to have been unusually involved in youthful video games, which DSM-5 failed to label "addictive." Is that an oversight?

Psychology Informs Us About Hate Groups

Decades of psychological research helps us better understand hate group behaviors. Learning from much of this research can make the incomprehensible more comprehensible.

If I Can't Have You, No One Can

How can we predict who will kill someone s/he once loved? Look at the dark clouds in the relationship to predict storms after a breakup.

The Psychopathology of Shakespeare’s Most Evil Villains

And thus I clothe my naked villainy / With odd old ends stol'n forth of holy writ, / And seem a saint when most I play the devil. — Richard III

Crime and Punishment (and Twitter)

Scientists are exploring what social media can reveal about patterns of wrongdoing.

Who’s to Blame When a Child Dies in High-Conflict Divorce?

By Linda Esposito LCSW on August 11, 2017 in From Anxiety to Zen
Filicide is the most unimaginable crime perpetrated against children. The very act defies explanation, yet opening up the dialogue may be the only hope for the lives lost.
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Serial Killers Linked to Jack the Ripper

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Jack the Ripper is in the news, identified as "Devil in the White City" serial killer, H. H. Holmes. But Red Jack has been linked to other serial killers as well.

Does a Person "Break Bad"?

Let's examine the premise of a smash hit entertainment series.
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I'm a Police Psychologist: What was I Doing at San Quentin?

By Ellen Kirschman Ph.D. on August 05, 2017 in Cop Doc
I work with cops. Spending a day with prisoners was a new experience.