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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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Darth Vader: The Value of Redemptive Sacrifice

The Star Wars character of Darth Vader is a mythic “traveler,” as we each make choices we regret and must bear the consequences. The tragedy of noble cause corruption through the story of Luke Skywalker’s father is a cautionary tale and his redemption can be an inspiration for all of us to rise above our challenges.

Forensic Psychology Careers with a Bachelor’s Degree

Are you interested in a career in Forensic Psychology, but you don't want to go to graduate school? There are career opportunities available that only require a Bachelor's degree.

Are You Being Lied to?

No matter the technique, most people can’t spot liars on a consistent basis. One potential solution to the problem is to remove “people” from the equation. Just let a computer do it.

Calling Google, Facebook, Twitter, Apple, YouTube

If extremists can use technology and the Internet to spread fear and terror, perhaps tech and Internet companies can pull people together to create an "iron dome" solidarity to counter those.

Female Serial Killers Are No Myth

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on November 23, 2015 Wicked Deeds
The news and entertainment media focus on and sensationalize the acts of violence and torture perpetrated by male serial killers. Although the graphic images of male serial killers sell countless books and movie tickets, they also perpetuate the myth that all serial killers are demented men.

Lessons From the Paris Attacks

In the words of the next door neighbor of the ax-murderer, “But he . . . (say it with me) seemed like such a nice guy!” Why did she have that impression? Because her neighbor, whom she knew nothing about, had become familiar.

Do people replace food with sex?

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on November 19, 2015 Eating Mindfully
Subway's Jared Fogel argued that his diet made him engage in sex acts with minors. Can dieting really lead to compulsive sexual behaviors?

A Con Artist’s Best Accomplice Is You

By Matthew Hutson on November 19, 2015 Psyched!
A couple months ago I got hustled in Istanbul, and it illuminated how much con games are like judo.

The Trigger That Pulls the Finger

Guns aren’t simply a ready instrument of violence, but can incite it as well.

Terrorism as a Vehicle for the Criminal Personality

The criminality of the individual is primary.

Forensic Psychology: Exciting New Career Opportunities

Are you thinking of a career in Forensic Psychology? There are many possible career options that you might consider.

How to Negotiate Like a Lawyer

By Ruth Lee Johnson J.D. on November 16, 2015 So Sue Me
Everyone has to negotiate sometimes, but lawyers negotiate for a living. Learn five important strategies that law schools teach lawyers, and unleash your inner attorney.

What Lies at the Heart of the Criminal Act ?

By Sheila Kohler on November 16, 2015 Dreaming for Freud
What interests me here is the motivation of the killer, why and how such an evil act could be performed. It is Ivan Karamazov’s old question: the reason for the existence of evil in the world.

Dis(mis)sing Mental Illness

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on November 15, 2015 Shadow Boxing
A lethal spree, fueled by mental illness, remains a controversial case in the legal system.

Voters Versus Terrorists: Who's Winning?

By Gregg Murray Ph.D. on November 15, 2015 Caveman Politics
While our hearts ache for the victims of this latest revolting episode of the inhumanity to which some will go to gain power over others, it is important to step back and note that the terrorists don’t always win.

Should Sex Work (Prostitution) Be Decriminalized?

By Michael Castleman M.A. on November 13, 2015 All About Sex
Amnesty International has provoked controversy by advocating the decriminalization of adult sex work.

Officers with PTSD at Greater Risk for Police Brutality

PTSD may lead to deadly overreactions by police officers.

Are School Shooters Running Amok?

School shootings in the U.S. are similar in many ways to a SE Asian variety of sudden mass assault called “amok.” Does it make sense to think of American-style school shootings as a culture-bound syndrome?

The Clergy Sexual Abuse Story Is Revisited In "Spotlight"

The church and the community is safer in 2015 thanks in large part to the tireless efforts of the Boston Globe Spotlight team. While there are always risks of problem cases falling between the cracks when it comes to child safety more and more of these cracks are being sealed shut to ensure that all children are safe in church as well as in other community environments.

Psychopath for President?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on November 04, 2015 Talking Apes
When psychopathy is combined with a high degree of intelligence and a strong ability to delay gratification, the result is a ruthless, Machiavellian type who often makes it to the highest echelons of business and government.

Former Prosecutor Discusses New 'Death of an Assassin' Book

By Cathy Scott on November 04, 2015 Crime, She Writes
A former U.S. prosecutor, who's written a book about a 19th Century German assassination, discusses the American connection in this new interview.

The Death of Munchausen by Proxy (Part 2)

Medical child abuse is rare but it happens. Pediatricians who suspect it must balance the safety needs of the child against the risk of a false accusation.

Why White, Female Killers Become Celebrity Monsters

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on November 02, 2015 Wicked Deeds
When an attractive young, white woman is charged with murder, the media feed the public’s huge appetite for graphic images and information on the case. It is in the best financial interests of the media to feed the frenzy because large consumer audiences are attractive to advertisers who pay to reach their readers and viewers.

The Gun Control Window Is Closed Until the Next Mass Killing

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on October 30, 2015 As You Like It
Liberals keep focusing on the wrong issues, with the full blessing of the NRA.

One Woman’s Suicide Reignites Right-to-Die Debate

Assisted suicide relieves unmanageable suffering for some

Should Disruptive Teens Be Treated As Criminals In School?

When students fail to cooperate, the school is failing them. This situation underscores so many forms of social injustice, including prejudice, unrealistic expectations for children, insufficient teacher education, underfunded schools, ineffective administration, a lack of mental health care, and inadequate police training. Do we have the will to implement real solutions?

Our Love Affair with Thrillers and Suspense

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on October 28, 2015 Trouble in Mind
Thrillers and Psychological Suspense are two of the most popular fiction and film genres. Why are so many of us addicted to them, and what’s wrong with everyone else who isn’t!

Art Therapy in Prison—Now That’s Sexy!

Recounting a time when a colleague described art therapy in prison as "sexy", this post explores what it is that attracts the public to prison art and how such fascination can be used to break down the barriers that exist for the inmate population.