Pass notes: Forensic Psychology

What exactly is forensic psychology? Morley tutor Paula Robinson-Aberdeen provides an insight into the fascinating world of forensic psychology.

When we think about the work of the forensic psychologist we often conjure up images of characters such as Cracker or the forensic psychologist depicted on CSI.  You might be surprised that these fictional portrayals of the work of Forensic Psychologists only partially reflect the role of this very diverse profession.

Forensic psychologists are scientists that apply scientific principles to discovering factors which help explain criminality. Forensic Psychologists look at factors such as how to detect whether someone might go onto commit an offence or further offences; the use of research evidence to determine why certain people commit certain crimes, examining issues as diverse as the offenders experiences in childhood, the impact of the physical environment they occupy and even the treatment of crime as an explanation of criminal behaviour and recidivism i.e. why ‘punishment’ doesn’t stop or reduce reoffending.

To understand  the real world of the forensic psychologist is to understand that complex relationship between our psychology, criminal behaviour and the execution of the law.

What exactly is forensic psychology? Morley tutor Paula Robinson-Aberdeen provides an insight into the fascinating world of forensic psychology.


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