Dr David Jones writes about the dynamics of shame, hatred and fear that have been repeatedly noted, yet still continue. The current global attention being brought to the problems of ‘race’ and criminal justice by the callous killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, prompts me to write as a white academic who has struggled to… Continue reading George Floyd: The Shameful Psychosocial Dynamics of ‘Race’, Violence and Hatred
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?
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.