Forensic Psychology


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Wikipedia.

Forensic Psychology

 

a branch of science that explores individual manifestations of psychological patterns in the area of prevention of criminal violations of judicial proceedings and in the field of correction and reformation of offenders. Forensic psychology analyzes the psychological mechanism by which antisocial views and habits arise and take root in a person’s mind, the process by which criminal aims and motives are formed and carried out, and the way in which the psychological peculiarities of persons taking part in judicial proceedings may influence, among other things, their attitude in a particular case or the substance of their explanations and decisions.

Criminal law utilizes the findings of forensic psychology in developing investigative methods and tactics, including those related to the study of the personality of the accused, in evaluating the effectiveness of criminal punitive measures and working out recommendations as to their use, and in refining means of crime prevention and research on the causes of crime.

References in periodicals archive ?
Many of my master's and doctoral students in clinical psychology and marriage and family therapy are very interested in forensic psychology.
The first issue of the journal includes major articles on: assumptions and foundations of psychological injuries; procedural and evidentiary issues related to expert testimony on psychological injury; forensic psychology and the law; and, current concepts and controversies related to post-traumatic stress disorder.
A survey composed of the Textbook Reading in this Course (TRTC) and 4 questions from previous research by Solomon (1979) was given to Forensic Psychology graduate students to determine the extent to which these students, who had recently graduated from college, but showed a continued interest in the pursuit of higher education, read the assigned course readings (i.
The titles that will be made available online include: Principles of Tissue Engineering by Robert Lanza, Robert Langer and Joseph Vacanti; Handbook of Forensic Psychology by William O'Donohue and Eric R.
The volume begins with an overview of forensic psychology and the personality theories most relevant to forensic psychology.
Wrightsman, Forensic Psychology (Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2001), 108-109.
Use of the PsycARTICLES databases in forensic psychology.
Professor Graham Towl, head of Psychology, Prisons and Probation Services for England and Wales, said: ``I very much welcome the development of this new MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology.
As the top-ranked student at Kennedy High School, Holzer earned a full scholarship to California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, where she plans to study forensic psychology.
After receiving a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, I went on to receive a master of arts degree in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Other classes in the forensic science category will include Advanced Crime Scene Studies, an Introduction to Forensic Psychology and an Introduction to Profiling.
Anderson: Forensic psychology deals with determining if residents have the capacity to make decisions for themselves.

Full browser ?