Law and Crime

The British Psychological Society is sponsoring three sessions at the Cheltenham Literature Festival as part of our work to bring insights from evidence-based science to a wider public.
As a juror in a criminal trial, you are meant to make a judgment of the defendant's guilt or innocence based on the evidence and arguments presented.
Police professionals are better observers than members of the public says a study published in a BPS Journal this week.
Bridging the gap between psychological theory and practice Conference overview
The Autism and Criminal Justice System Network was set up in October 2012 and aims to promote and facilitate the transfer of research-based knowledge between specialist psychologists, Criminal Justice System (CJS) professions, policy makers, inter
Members of the public have a fixed and faulty view of what stalkers look like, and this has potential implications for victims and court proceedings.   That is the finding of research presented today by Dr Simon Duff from the University of Nottingham to the Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Forensic Psychology in Manchester.
The British Psychological Society has published a new position paper on ‘Children and young people with neuro-disabilities in the criminal justice system’.
The general election manifestos of the UK’s political parties contain sweeping claims about the causes of crime and policies to reduce it. Experts, including members of the British Psychological Society, are warning today that such broad statements are nearly always wrong.
Their actions are criminal and they cause untold misery, but repeat burglars are skilled at what they do and in that sense they are experts.
A recent report, compiled by the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, has explored how often American courts currently use neuroscience in trials.
The role of psychology in supporting legal processes has expanded markedly in recent years, leading to a welcome increase in the influence of research from psychology.
There is a mistaken cultural assumption, says a new study, that women are, by their nature, incapable of being serial killers – defined here as murderers of three or more victims, spaced out with at least a week between killings.
In a new study, published today in the British Psychological Society journal Legal and Criminology Psychology, researchers from the University of Surrey found further evidence to suggest that eyewitnesses to crimes remember more accurate details when they close their eyes.
Today, 10 December, is International Human Rights Day. On this occasion the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA) has appealed to its 36 national member associations to raise public awareness on human rights and to encourage action against violations of human rights.
Psychologists and psychiatrist are frequently called on to provide expert testimony in court.
On the back of research first published in 1970s and 19880s, an increasing number of jails in the Western world are painting their cells pink, in the belief that doing so has a calming effect on prisoners.
The British Psychological Society has issued its first forensic testing qualifications to Chartered members who applied via a ‘grandparenting’ route.
This workshop is cancelled This workshop is for anyone interested in learning about meta-synthesis of qualitative research for the purposes of systematically reviewing a diverse evidence base.
The workshop will offer a clear and structured introduction to a number of current professional and ethical issues likely to be encountered within psychological practice. Timetable
A new perspective on conducting research in psychology. Timetable 09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee 10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a break for lunch) 16:30 Workshop ends
This workshop will offer researchers who are more used to working within quantitative paradigms some ways, advantages and challenges of combining quantitative methods with qualitative methods to conduct mixed methods research. 
This event is fully booked. Please call +44 (0)116 2529512 to be added to a waiting list. 
Never has it been more urgent that we understand why people are drawn to extremist beliefs and to violent extremist organisations.
A "collective hysteria" affected many courts following the 2011 riots in England, a new study has concluded.
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