Forensic Psychology by Adrian ScottForensic Psychology by Adrian Scott

Forensic Psychology

byAdrian Scott

Paperback | August 20, 2010

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How exactly can psychology be used to define a crime? What are the underlying social, psychological, biological and cognitive contexts that affect the nature of incriminating behaviour? How can we appropriately measure justice in spaces as political as the court-room? Being an often misrepresented field in psychology, this book has been written with an empirically sound representation of the major theories that underpin our understanding of criminal behaviour by drawing from statistical evidence as well as real recorded cases. This text also takes consideration of the role of psychology in examining the penal processes, from the actions of the courtroom to the investigative process and wider social and cultural factors. Delve into the cognition of lawmakers and lawbreakers and the psychological factors that affect the validity of criminal accounts such as the false memories of witness testimonies or false confessions of suspects. Though a short text, Adrian Scott masterfully introduces readers to a broad interdisciplinary introduction which covers a range of critical perspectives in the subject. Consider the broader risk-factors that are associated with criminal behaviour and engage in critical thinking about the strengths and weaknesses in the various methods of its psychological measurement.


This title stands as part of the Palgrave Insights in Psychology series edited by Nigel Holt and Rob Lewis, containing versatile, quick guides to the cornerstone theories, main topics and theoretical perspectives of their subjects. These titles are useful for pre-undergraduate students looking to find incisive introductions to subjects that they may be considering for undergraduate study and those looking for helpful preparatory reading for undergraduate modules in the prospective subject. This book has been carefully written with students in mind who may be taking courses in Forensic Psychology at A level. 

ADRIAN SCOTT is Research Fellow at the Sellenger Centre, Edith Cowan University, Australia
Title:Forensic PsychologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pagesPublished:August 20, 2010Publisher:Macmillan Education UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230249426

ISBN - 13:9780230249424


Table of Contents

Introduction.- Defining and Measuring Crime.- PART I: THEORIES OF OFFENDING.- Social and Psychological Theories.- Biological and Cognitive Theories.- Theory Integration and Theory Application.- PART II: PSYCHOLOGY AND THE INVESTIGATIVE PROCESS.- Offender Profiling .- Eyewitness Testimony.- Investigative Interviewing.- PART III: PSYCHOLOGY AND THE COURTROOM.- Jury Decision Making.- Influencing the Jury.- PART IV: PSYCHOLOGY AND THE PENAL SYSTEM.- The Punishment of Offenders.- The Treatment of Offenders.