Forensic Psychology

Social media and eyewitness evidence: participate in an online experiment

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

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A Tutor's View

DD310 Counselling and Forensic Psychology: A Tutor’s View

We continue our series in which Associate Lecturers introduce Psychology and Counselling modules that they tutor.  Hello, my name is Jill Harker and I’ve been tutoring on a variety of psychology modules for about twelve years now, having completed both my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees with the Open University many moons ago!    I’m based in the… Continue reading DD310 Counselling and Forensic Psychology: A Tutor’s View

Forensic Psychology, Psychology

Police photo lineups: how background colours can skew eye witness identification

Our Catriona Havard has a piece published in The Conversation today on police photo lineups: Identification parades can be powerful evidence in securing convictions in criminal cases. But eyewitness evidence is notoriously prone to errors – and organisations such as the Innocent Project have found out that 70% of wrongful convictions that were later exonerated had verdicts based on… Continue reading Police photo lineups: how background colours can skew eye witness identification