Forensic Psychology, Psychology, Research in the School

Reforming Scotland’s unique jury system: why we need to listen to lawyers

Drs Lee Curley, James Munro, Lara Frumkin and Jim Turner from the School write about reforms to Scotland's legal system. Rape Crisis Scotland has once again called for the country’s not proven verdict to be scrapped, after new figures revealed that almost a quarter of all rape and attempted rape cases ended in acquittals under this verdict. In April,… Continue reading Reforming Scotland’s unique jury system: why we need to listen to lawyers

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Line of Duty: A Psychologist’s View

Dr Zoe Walkington from the School trains police officers in investigative interviewing techniques as part of her work for the Centre for Policing Research and Learning at the Open University. Utilising this insider perspective, she writes about the tv series that Britain is watching on Sunday evenings, Line of Duty. Read the article here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/5cNwtbKsjtQPG33ZV4Wrmj2/in-the-line-of-duty-our-love-affair-with-tv-detectives… Continue reading Line of Duty: A Psychologist’s View

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What happens when a websleuth meets a real detective?

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?

Forensic Psychology, Psychology, Research in the School

Seeing familiar faces out of context – would you know that face anywhere?

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?

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School forensic research in the news

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