Forensic Psychology, Psychology, Social Psychology

What’s the Truth about False Allegations and Sexual Violence?

Our Lisa Lazard has written a great piece over on The Conversation about the reality behind current panics around false allegations and sexual violence, which are really very uncommon. Why didn’t these women speak up sooner? This was asked time and time again during the recent public furore around sexual harassment, violence and abuse. Underlying the… Continue reading What’s the Truth about False Allegations and Sexual Violence?

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Counselling, Forensic Psychology, Psychology, Social Psychology

Why study psychology at the OU if you’re interested in mental health

Psychology has always been a popular university course, but this is even more the case at the moment with the huge national interest in mental health and well-being, and more and more awareness of the high rates of stress and other mental health problems and the toll they take on society. Classically students who have taken psychology degrees have been somewhat… Continue reading Why study psychology at the OU if you’re interested in mental health

Forensic Psychology, Psychology

Detecting Deception: Can you spot a liar?

OU psychologist Zoe Walkington and her team have put together a great interactive video on lie detection. You can watch a video of a number of people being interviewed and either lying - or telling the truth - about whether or not they stole some money. Then you get the chance to figure out which… Continue reading Detecting Deception: Can you spot a liar?

Forensic Psychology, Psychology

New research shows distraction of hands-free phones

OU Psychologists Gemma Briggs and Jim Turner have been in the news this week talking about their new research on the use of hands-free phones while driving. Gemma, Jim and colleagues examined the reaction times of drivers when they were using hands-free phones, and studied what they noticed and missed on the road. They found that when drivers… Continue reading New research shows distraction of hands-free phones

Forensic Psychology, Psychology

The own-race bias in eyewitness identification.

The own race bias is the phenomenon whereby individuals are better at recognising and differentiating between faces that are the same race as they are, and much poorer with faces of another race. The issue of the own-race bias has serious ramifications when it comes to eyewitness identification and when a witness is faced with… Continue reading The own-race bias in eyewitness identification.