Forensic Psychology, Psychology, Research in the School

Bias against witnesses?

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?

Psychology, Psychology in the world

Public reactions to COVID-19

Dr Jim Turner and Dr Lara Frumkin from the School consider psychological reactions to the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK, asking how far the current extraordinary situation resembles other major incidents, like terrorist attacks. They describe their new research project to investigate people's responses to COVID-19 and invite readers to participate in the study. Psychologists… Continue reading Public reactions to COVID-19

Social Psychology

Bottom up – how to tackle radicalisation with Lara Frumkin

Lara Frumkin did a podcast this week with Progress. How do we ‘combat extremism’? Radicalisation is an extremely complex issue, and its manifestations are rapidly changing. Conor Pope and Alison McGovern are joined by Lara Frumkin, senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University, who researches the psychology behind radicalisation. You can listen to the podcast here.