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?
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. Today Mark Smith writes from DD802, a second-level postgraduate module in forensic psychology. What’s happening at the moment on DD802? Having already completed the first-year module DD801, students on… Continue reading A winter postcard from DD802 Investigating Forensic Psychology
Are you interested in crime, and criminals? Want to know more about landmark cases in Britain’s history which have changed laws and criminal justice processes? Watch this new tv series Catching Britain’s killers: the crimes that changed us 9th October BBC2 9pm (11.15pm BBC2 Wales) The academic advisors for this series were Dr Zoe Walkington from… Continue reading NEW TV SERIES Catching Britain’s Killers: The Crimes That Changed Us
Forensic psychologists in the School have developed an interactive which you can use to test yourself https://www.open.edu/openlearn/body-mind/photofit-me
Imagine you witness a crime. Do you think you would be able to find the perpetrator using social media? Part of the Citizen Forensics project, this experiment explores how people might use social media to conduct their own criminal investigation and how this might affect the evidence they can provide to law enforcement. It requires visiting the… Continue reading Social media and eyewitness evidence: participate in an online experiment