Psychology, Psychology in the world

The ‘Bad People’ podcast: Why people do bad things

Dr Zoe Walkington and Dr Camilla Elphick from the School introduce a BBC/OU co-production.  A podcast named Bad People may initially sound like an unusual choice for members of the Open University School of Psychology & Counselling academic team to be involved with. However Bad People aims not to label people as different, evil or bad, but… Continue reading The ‘Bad People’ podcast: Why people do bad things

Forensic Psychology, Psychology, Research in the School

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, Psychology in the world, Research in the School

Using the eyes of eyewitnesses

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