Graham Pike and Camilla Elphick from the Open University's Centre for Policing Research and Learning have published new research on the phenomenon of the websleuth. You’ve just witnessed a crime. It happened quickly, too quickly for you to film on your phone, but you got a good look at what happened. You gave the police… Continue reading What happens when a websleuth meets a real detective?
Dr Ailsa Strathie discusses her recent work with another academic from the School, Dr Sarah Laurence on the limits of familiar face recognition, published in a new article in the journal Perception. Imagine you take a day trip to a town you rarely visit. While walking around you spot a former colleague who lives and works in this area.… Continue reading Seeing familiar faces out of context – would you know that face anywhere?
New research by academics in the School features in articles in The Times and The Scottish Legal News. Research by four of the School's academics, Drs Lee Curley, James Munro, Lara Frumkin and Jim Turner, is currently receiving high profile news coverage. The research surveyed Scottish lawyers to obtain their opinions on controversial features of… Continue reading School forensic research in the news
How does your OU study of psychology and counselling inform your perspective on the world? Jade Howe, a student on module DD310 Counselling and Forensic Psychology, writes about an incident she witnessed. Her view of the events draws on the understanding of 'mad and bad' behaviour that she has gained from DD310. I recently sat outside… Continue reading How a module changed my perspective on the world
Are all witnesses equal, or are some given more attention because of how they sound, and look? In new, highly topical research, Lara Frumkin and Anna Stone used mock witness statements and showed they are received differently depending on the witness's accent, age - and race. Is justice blind? Criminal trials should be based on… Continue reading Bias against witnesses?