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Does Legalized Marijuana Result in More Teen Use?

Dueling data about whether or not legal marijuana increases teen use has led to a lot of confusion and scientific cherry picking.

Should Children Register as Sex Offenders?

Does registering children as sex offenders reduce juvenile sex offending?

The New 'Religious Freedom' Is a Boon for Churches

By David Niose on April 19, 2017 in Our Humanity, Naturally
As courts and politicians continuously redefine religious liberty, hang on to your checkbook.
K. Ramsland

Erotica for Serial Killers

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on April 10, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Despite debates over whether salacious imagery causes people to become violent, in some cases, it is clearly influential.

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Our Lost Atlantis

"We are not thriving. Our people live, but our culture is dying. We are like a stone the ocean beats against. With each year a little more of us is worn away." ---The Lost Empire
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Guilty, With an Explanation

The increasing use of neuroscience in behalf of criminal defendants with "defective" brains raises a perennial question: how do we define responsibility and free will?

A Psychology of Conspiracy Theory

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on April 25, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
Conspiracy theories used to be kooky inventions homemade in somebody’s mental garage. Now they’re tools in mainstream contests for power.

Site Hardening: Predator-Proof Your Home

Your home is a sanctuary of safety and security. Fortify your walls with common sense and perception. While most of your neighbors are safe, be on alert for those who are not.

Shouldn't Lawyers Understand the Art of Persuasion?

Lawyers could more effectively represent their clients if they understood the art of persuasion.

Is Willful Ignorance a Good Quality in an Attorney?

Why do family law attorneys ignore the research which supports the benefits of a facilitative over an adversarial approach for divorce and family law?

The O’Reilly Factor: Men, Power, and Sexual Abuse

Love him or hate him, Bill O’Reilly had the ear of America. He’s rich and famous, and we seem to have a different set of rules for those folks.
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Which Is "Crazier?"

How does a forensic psychologist tease out the mind of a criminal defendant at the time he committed it? Debunking one myth - and investigating one source - at a time.

Thoughts About Opioid Addiction

Taking a look at the thinking processes underlying opioid addiction.

Sports Are Games Played by Humans

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on April 16, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Sports are played basically everywhere--but they aren't played at crime scenes. Time to push back on instant replay and slow-motion dissection of every event.

Injustice at the Hands of Judges and Justices

Judicial bias is a variable that is often overlooked, despite the fact that it leads to injustice.
K. Ramsland

Killer's Remorse

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on April 15, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
A recent interview with Steven Dean Gordon raises the issue of whether a serial killer can feel genuine remorse.

In Defense of United Airlines

The fiasco of dragging a passenger off a plane needs more tempered reaction.

Who Killed JonBenet (Part 3): The Grand Jury

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on April 10, 2017 in Evil Deeds
What did the grand jury know about the JonBenet Ramsey case that we don't?

Why Elite White-Collar Criminals Are Rarely Punished

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on April 09, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
White-collar criminals benefit from institutionalized non-enforcement practices, regulatory policies and legal representation not available to street criminals.

The Emily Houser Hate Party

18 year old Emily Houser reported her boss for sexual harassment. Her co-workers response? A “F*ck Emily Houser” hate party—complete with a sheet cake expressing that sentiment

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Avoid "Daring" Behavior

Unlike the innocent childhood game, playing "Truth or Dare" with sexual predators is a lose-lose proposition. Read this before accepting a challenge you will later regret.

Empathy and the Jury Selection Process

If "equal justice under law" means what it says, then judges and jurors hearing cases must have evenly distributed empathy.

Working While Black

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on April 06, 2017 in Minority Report
We've heard of African-Americans being racially targeted while driving, a.k.a. "driving while black," but few are aware of another kind of bias.

Can Supreme Court Nominations Be Less Contentious?

What do you really know about the supreme court and the nominations process?

The Crime of Sexual Assault

By Paul Abramson on April 06, 2017 in The Sexpert
Insuring that participants in sex are knowledgeable and safe.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Don't Play Truth or Dare

Playing "Truth or Dare," you either disclose personal information, or engage in reckless behavior you usually regret. Sexual predators target individuals who are willing to play.

Superhero Psychology Resources

Students and journalists keep requesting info on superhero psychology. These sources use psychology to look at superhero fiction and use the fiction to explain real psychology.
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Pseudocide: The Art of Faking Your Death

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on April 04, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Writer explores those who want to fake their deaths, those who hunt them down, those who fail and those who succeed. Everything you want to know but were afraid to ask.

On Interpreting Islamic Terror

We tend to see outgroup members as all alike to each other. But this simply isn't the case.
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Strangulation and Domestic Violence Murders

By Steve Albrecht DBA on March 29, 2017 in The Act of Violence
Getting choked to death is a real risk in domestic violence assaults.

Making Sense of FBI Director James Comey's Testimony

By Joe Navarro M.A. on March 27, 2017 in Spycatcher
Too often we talk about politicians talking to Russian as though there were no threat—there is always a threat with Putin in charge.

Dating Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

If you are with an extrovert, expect the unexpected to come out of his or her mouth.

Could Your Brain Make You Do Insane Things?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on March 25, 2017 in Creating in Flow
A brain tumor may figure in the insanity defense of the youth who fake-called Jewish community centers in the U.S. and elsewhere. Brain-imaging is gaining credence in courts.
K. Ramsland

The G-Man and the Serial Killer

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on March 25, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Writer who set out to learn the identity of Eliot Ness's secret suspect for Cleveland's Mad Butcher fictionalizes the tale.