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Forensic Psychology: A Very Short Introduction

David Canter

17 June 2010

ISBN: 9780199550203

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Lie detection, offender profiling, insanity in the law, the minds of serial killers, and many other topics that fill news and fiction are all aspects of the rapidly developing area of Forensic Psychology. David Canter shows how these often controversial topics bridge the gaps between academics and practitioners, behavioural sciences, and the law.

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Lie detection, offender profiling, insanity in the law, the minds of serial killers, and many other topics that fill news and fiction are all aspects of the rapidly developing area of Forensic Psychology. David Canter shows how these often controversial topics bridge the gaps between academics and practitioners, behavioural sciences, and the law.

  • Examines the role of forensic psychology in the legal process, explaining it is, what it does, and where it came from
  • Explores whether there is a criminal psychological profile and whether criminals can be considered 'different' from the rest of society
  • Highlights the areas where forensic psychology has made a significant impact on the criminal justice system, such as assisting police interviewing techniques and reducing miscarriages of justice
  • Discusses the challenges to forensic psychology, most notably the conflict between the two disciplines of psychology and law
  • Defines the fundamental differences between forensic psychology and criminology
  • Considers the role that forensic psychology plays in the rehabilitation and 'treatment' of convicted criminals
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over three million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

David Canter, Professor of Psychology at The University of Huddersfield

Table of Contents

    1:The Excitement and Challenge of Forensic Psychology
    2:How to Make a Criminal
    3:Experts in Court
    4:Psychology and Legal Proceedings
    5:Working with Offenders
    6:Working with Law Enforcement
    7
    Further Reading
    Glossary