Law and Crime

According to decades of psychology research, most people, including law enforcement professionals, are useless at detecting lies. But a new paper argues that nearly all previous lie detection research has been unrealistic.
The North West of England Branch of the British Psychological Society held its inaugural Forensic Psychology conference at the Manchester Conference Centre on Friday 17 October.
The British Psychological Society, Sense about Science and NatCen Social Research, with the support of the Alliance for Useful Evidence, are hosting a panel debate on crime reduction at the Liberal Democrats’ Autumn Conference on Tuesday 7 October.
Sense about Science, the British Psychological Society and NatCen Social Research, with the support of the Alliance for Useful Evidence, are hosting a panel debate on crime reduction at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham today (Tuesday 30 September).
Early intervention could reduce the risk of aggressive children going on to become psychiatrically troubled and commit violent acts, according to new research.
The Autism & Criminal Justice System Network held its second conference last week at City University, London. Subject under discussion included:
Thursday 23 October and Friday 24 October The Harbour Heights Hotel, 73 Haven Rd, Poole, Dorset BH13 7LW Confirmed speakers:
Suspects of crime could be given away by their eyes, new research suggests.
Reoffending rates in Scotland could be reduced if brain injuries among prisoners are recognised sooner, psychologists are argued at a Justice Committee hearing this week.
Stanford Prison Experiment (SPE) has acquired a mythical status and provided the inspiration for at least two feature-length films.
Parental alienation – a child’s unwarranted rejection of one parent and strong alignment with the other following high conflict family breakdown – leaves the alienated parent feeling powerless.  Despite recognition in recent high court judgem
Young people who enjoy committing arson are predisposed to engaging in other kinds of anti-social behaviour, a new study has concluded.
A recent study shows that people are more accurate at identifying liars when relying on their emotional reaction to the lie rather than making a conscious decision.
When men are aggressive towards women, their behaviour is often driven by the feeling that their masculinity has been threatened.
Experiencing a burglary is a serious threat to people's mental health, a survey has confirmed.
Domestic homicide campaigners have welcomed a change in Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) policy after a new guidance note was issued following meetings with a victims’ famiiy lobbying.
New research suggests older people may make less reliable eyewitnesses. Research conducted by Dr Helen Kaye of The Open University involved 134 people aged between 22 and 66 years old, who were asked to watch video footage of a mugging.
People who commit reckless or immoral acts are less likely to be judged harshly if they avoid serious consequences suggests a study published today in the Society's British Journal of Psychology.
It may be better to rely on instinct when trying to determine whether or not people are telling the truth, according to new research.
The second of two policy-maker meetings is being held today, Friday 21 March, by the Autism and Criminal Justice System Network.
Many studies have shown that people tend to exaggerate their own positive characteristics and abilities. A popular example is the finding that most drivers think they are a better-than-average driver. 
Crime shows have always been popular on British TV, but detective-based programmes appear to be enjoying a particular renaissance at present - and one expert believes he knows why.
Speaking to the victims of child abuse is likely to be the best way of bringing the perpetrators to justice - but doing this in the wrong way could result in victims' memories of what happened being damaged.
People being selected for jury duty should be tested for bias and their understanding of what warrants a conviction before they are sent to trials, a new study from Angli
Prisoners do not believe they are any less law-abiding than the average non-incarcerated citizen, according to a new study from the University of Southampton.
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