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Techniques Retailers Use to Entice Shoppers

Retailers use a wide variety of psychological strategies to entice shoppers to buy products.

Aggression and Fear Can Be Reduced in Specific Dog Breeds

New data provides a possible alternative to breed-specific legislation to control aggression and fearfulness in dogs.

Will More Kids Be Branded Sex Offenders for Life?

Subjecting children to a lifetime label of “sex offender” causes predictable and serious harm.

Public Figure Attackers in the United States, 1995-2015

What motivates those who violently attack public figures? A new study reveals some surprising findings.

More Posts on Law and Crime

How the News Media Make Monsters

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
The news media frequently refer to murderers in nonhuman and supernatural terms, using inflammatory words like evil, vampire, and monster.
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Will This Angel of Death be Released?

With the approaching release of a suspected healthcare serial killer in Texas, old cases are being reexamined for possible new evidence against her.

Lawsuit Filed Over Brain-Eating Ameoba Death

Teen's death blamed on U.S. National Whitewater Center.

Interviewing a Criminal: Who Is Interviewing Whom?

Criminals case others out for their own purposes in all sorts of situations.

The Full Moon Effect Takes Another Hit

Additional evidence that the full moon does not influence criminal behavior.

Not All Smiles Project the Same Image

Custom make your smiles to ensure you send the right message.

The Shame of Adult Sexual Harassment

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on June 20, 2017 in Minority Report
There's not much public space for adults of sexual harassment to feel safe, since adults are supposed to know right from wrong and have the language to say no. But I can tell you..

Why Does the Religious Right Hate Your Birth Control?

By Marty Klein PhD on June 19, 2017 in Sexual Intelligence
Scripture doesn't mention birth control. So why are many religious people against it—for you?

What Is Justice and When Is It Served?

When a court's factual findings differ from reality, it erases actual lived experiences.

What Can We Learn from Body Cameras?

We now have data to back up the widespread claim that not all drivers are treated equally.

Child Porn Redux

By Karen Franklin Ph.D. on June 11, 2017 in Witness
An explosion of online pornography is leading to welcome research and debate on its social and psychological effects.

Protecting Brain Injured Patients in Legal Proceedings

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on June 09, 2017 in The New Normal
Protective orders can protect people who have compromised cognitive functioning.

Live-streamed Violent Criminal Acts

Should we discourage live-streaming of violence by punishing online witnesses who do nothing? If not, do we become the bystanders?
Laura Pettler Associates

Hometown Killer

A new webcast on a serial killer trucker offers a unique case for lovers of true crime.
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What Is a Psychopath?

By William Hirstein Ph.D. on June 08, 2017 in Mindmelding
The neuroscience of psychopathy has made great strides in the past fifteen years in understanding how their brains differ from those of normal people.
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The Truth Behind Lie to Me

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on June 07, 2017 in Face It!
"Lie to Me," the hit Hollywood crime drama, was based on real deception detection.

What Drives Suicidal Mass Murderers?

Three recent mass killings by suicidal gunmen reveal the deadly effects of individuals caught up in a catathymic crisis.
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Sex Work IS Work: a Documentarian Gives Sex Workers a Voice

A documentary filmmaker dispels myths about sex workers through their own words.

The Criminal's Use of Everyday Words

You may believe you understand what an offender is saying, but think again!

Sometimes Amazing Things Happen

An estimated 15% of these incarcerated men and women will have a serious mental illness, and approximately 50% have an active substance use disorder, or both.

Criticizing Conservatives Can Harm Press Safety

Mainstream media needs to be careful about criticizing conservatives. You can help it be more oriented toward the truth by promoting the Pro-Truth Pledge!

How are the Trump Troubles Like the Army-McCarthy Hearings?

By David P. Barash Ph.D. on June 01, 2017 in Pura Vida
I'm sure that I'm not alone is finding myself glued to the latest Trump Troubles, including Russia Revelations. It brings back memories of sunshine in some bad old days.

Sexual Harassment

It's 2017, so why are we still talking about sexual harassment? Here's how to talk to the person who needs it the most.
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Cyber Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on May 31, 2017 in Media Spotlight
With the rise of social media and smartphones, cyberbullying and other forms of online harassment are becoming more common. This seems to be especially true for domestic abusers.

What Defines a Serial Killer?

The concept of a serial killer is best understood as a prototype concept. The prototype definition of a serial killer allows for a killer to be more or less of a serial killer.

Driving While Angry

It’s unrealistic to presume that people don’t get angry when driving. The important issue for all of us is to cope with frustrating situations and diffuse our anger appropriately.

How the Police Create Monsters

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on May 29, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
State managers, including law enforcement authorities and politicians, define who and what is evil in our society.

Eyebrows May Flash Veracity

Eyebrow flash rate determines the difference between a friendly eyebrow flash and a deceptive eyebrow flash.

The American Law Institute Revises the Model Penal Code

New revisions to the Model Penal Code continue the archaic dominance of "just deserts" and retributivism.

Child Custody in Polyamorous Families Part 5

This fifth and final blog in the series on children in polyamorous families examines the trends in custody of these children, from the best interests standard to recent changes.