Why are so many people drawn to conspiracy theories in times of crisis?
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On forensic cognitive psychology
Matthew J Sharps Ph.D.
Dissociation is among the most powerful factors in the creation of imaginary worlds, including those of cults and cult-like behavior.
Human beings are amazingly social creatures, a generally positive fact; but in the world of cults, our very social nature can have a dark side.
How do cognitive processes support potentially lethal cult beliefs?
Eyewitness memory is notoriously unreliable—but modern research shows that eyewitness memory can even alter itself.
Modern research teaches us that eyewitnesses are frequently wrong, and also tells us a lot about their most important mistakes.
The special challenges and dangers of the undercover world require special understanding on the part of psychologists and the criminal justice system.
PTSD has been suggested to be unreal, perhaps an excuse for malingering, but historical analysis in the American West proves otherwise. PTSD is absolutely real.
Why is eyewitness memory often so awful? A psychological look at battles of the past can tell us a lot.
Despite the lack of physical evidence, thousands of people report seeing and believing in Bigfoot, ghosts, and space aliens. Eyewitness psychology tells us why.
Why did distinguished astronomers see alien constructions in outer space which weren't there at all? Research on eyewitness memory can help us to understand.
High stress and the mind's evolution can combine to make us do very, very dangerous things, on both sides of the criminal justice system.
Eyewitness memory is amazingly important in court. So why is it often so amazingly inaccurate?
Are the eyes really the windows of the soul?
Matthew Sharps, Ph.D., professor of psychology at California State University, Fresno. He researches forensic cognitive science among other related areas.