Essential Reads

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These Crimes Are Not for Sensitive Ears

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on February 07, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
New book in a series about Canadian crimes revives interest in psychopathic child killer from 1950s.
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Rewriting the Narrative of Divorce

By Wendy Paris on February 02, 2016 in Splitopia
We've grown up reading and watching stories of passionate love affairs, and our own can feel flat in comparison. But there is no "canon of the good divorce."

Have You Become Too Predictable?

Routines make daily life more manageable, but if you’re not careful a routine can get you in trouble. Try some variety and it might even help boost your brain's creativity.

Psychology in Making a Murderer

The most entrenched cognitive bias is in the direction of things we’ve already said and beliefs we’ve already acted on.

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What We’re Not Being Told About Anti-Bullying Laws

By Izzy Kalman on February 11, 2016 Resilience to Bullying
The NJ Board of Education is playing with statistics to make negative results of its anti-bullying law to look positive.

Sex and Violence

By Robert J King Ph.D. on February 11, 2016 Hive Mind
"Making a Murderer" is just one of many true crime shows that has become popular. Why is this? Is it a new phenomenon?

Art Therapy in Prison Is Social Justice

Is art therapy in prison social justice? If social justice is about giving the marginalized and disenfranchised members of society a chance, then the answer has to be "yes".

Secularism and the City

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on February 10, 2016 The Secular Life
The most secular cities in America are among the best in America.

How Does the Law Treat Repressed Memories?

By Ruth Lee Johnson J.D. on February 09, 2016 So Sue Me
The existence of repressed memories is a controversial topic in psychology. But how will it play out in court?

Fear of Crime and the Allure of Bad Boys

New research reveals that women who feel vulnerable to crime are more attracted to dominant, formidable men.

Making Sense of the "Senseless" Crime

The search for a "motive" often leads to a dead end.

High Profits

High Profits is an 8-part series about Colorado’s marijuana legalization law. It shows the actual issues that arose, which differed from the ones commonly hypothesized or feared.

The Affluenza Defense

Poor black boys who steal booze and cars and recklessly kill people should be treated like the rich white boys, not vice versa.

Tracking School Shooters

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on February 01, 2016 Shadow Boxing
Expert on school shooters offers comprehensive website as resource for anyone who might have to know about or deal with such incidents.

Rape is Not (Only) About Power; It’s (Also) About Sex

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on February 01, 2016 Insight Therapy
The common explanation that ‘rape is not about sex’ is long on ideology, but short on accuracy.

Drug Courts and the Restoration of Dignity

Drug courts recognize the humanity of drug users.

Your Status as a Single Person Is a Diversity Issue

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on January 28, 2016 Living Single
Here's why unmarried status is a diversity issue. In this article, I focus on the workplace.

Prisons Perpetuate Trauma in Female Inmates

Perpetrators of sexual violence in prisons are often prison staff, and their crimes are going unpunished.

Psychology and the Law

How this psychology major found his niche in the legal arena.

Homicide Fact: Age Matters

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on January 25, 2016 Wicked Deeds
Murder victims and perpetrators tend to be very young as the likelihood of becoming either one dramatically decreases with age.

Ripping, Hashing and Carving: Crimes of a Digital Type

Most crimes today involve some type of digital tract. A new workbook relies on free software to introduce investigators to core competencies in this field.

Peeling Away the Layers: Art Therapy with a Sex Offender

It's difficult yet rewarding to address the needs of this marginal—and oftentimes disturbing—population.

Brendan Dassey Told the Truth - Period

Clear thinking people can accept that Brendan Dassey and Stephen Avery are guilty of the brutal rape and murder of Teresa Halbach.

How the Experts Spot Liars (and How You Can, Too)

Thoughts from an expert lie detector...

The Naked Truth About "Making a Murderer"

The “what if game” taken to the logical conclusion would require every person to wear a fire extinguisher in the event that they might spontaneously combust one day.

Evidence Mounts: More Porn, LESS Sexual Assault

By Michael Castleman M.A. on January 14, 2016 All About Sex
Several natural experiments show that as access to porn increases, rates of sexual assault DECLINE.

Should Students Be Trained to Respond to School Shootings?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on January 13, 2016 Media Spotlight
It's hard to say for certain how common active shooter training is or how much colleges and schools are spending to provide it. Is it really worth it?

What Makes A Mass Murderer?

By Renee Garfinkel Ph.D. on January 12, 2016 Time Out
From Pedophile priests to mass shooters, communities need to examine their role in enabling crime.

The Myth of Heroin Use as "Self-Medication"

When in chronic pain, responsible people seek medical help; they don't use heroin

Does Owning a Gun Protect You?

Guns are used by victims in less than 1% of crimes in which there is personal contact between the perpetrator and victim.

Mental Illness: A Smoking Gun

People with untreated mental illness are 16 times more likely to be killed by police than people without, a new study says.

Does an ‘Obama Effect’ Increase Gun Ownership and Shooting?

...the apparent ‘panic’ buying of guns in the months before and immediately after Obama got elected, did permanently increase the total number of guns in circulation.

Should Someone be Accountable for Acts He Can't Control?

By Eric Newhouse on January 02, 2016 Invisible Wounds
PennLaw Professor Stephen J. Morse suggests a new legal plea to reflect disorders like PTSD in which some vets may have cognitive or control deficits that limit their culpability.

Reflections on 'Making a Murderer'

By Siu-Lan Tan Ph.D. on January 01, 2016 What Shapes Film?
'Making a Murderer'. Surely life, people, and motives are more complicated and undefined than the story in any opening or closing argument or documentary can contain?