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?
Graham Pike and Camilla Elphick talk about recently published research on eyewitness identification and pupillometry. Working out how many people are convicted of a crime they did not commit is difficult for a variety of reasons, but estimates suggest that the number of miscarriages of justice may be something like 7% (in Australia) or 11%… Continue reading Using the eyes of eyewitnesses
We continue our series of winter postcards from the School's modules, written by the academics who work mostly closely with students and tutors, the Staff Tutors. They write about what's happening on each module at this point in the year. Today Stephen Robinson writes from DD310 Counselling and Forensic Psychology: Investigating Crime and Therapy. Hi,… Continue reading A winter postcard from module DD310 Counselling and forensic psychology; investigating crime and therapy
The HERC Research Centre is hosting a seminar on Forensic Cognition Research in London on Wednesday 5th February from 15.30 to 17.30. Speakers will present on the investigation of County Lines drug crimes, police legitimacy, and impaired attentional control. If you would like to attend please register via the HERC website:- http://www.open.ac.uk/researchcentres/herc/events/forensic-cognition-research-group-seminar-series-2 Speakers at the… Continue reading A seminar on Forensic Cognition Research