• Question: What can you tell me about Forensic Psychology?

    Asked by rhianna on 15 Nov 2023.
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      Ed Morrison answered on 15 Nov 2023:


      “Forensic” means to do with the law. So forensic psychology includes that ways in which psychology is relevant to the law. This might include questions like:

      – can eyewitness memory be trusted?
      – why do people commit crimes?
      – can we detect lies accurately?
      – can criminals be rehabilitated?

      A career in forensic psychology often involves working in prisons and secure hospitals to assess offenders, try to rehabilitate etc. The British Psychological Society (BPS) website is the best source for further information.

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      Elizabeth Newton answered on 15 Nov 2023:


      https://www.bps.org.uk/psychologist/being-forensic-psychologist this is a link to the British Psychological Society page. It is not my area but I know some people who really enjoy it as a discipline.

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      Emma Sullivan answered on 11 Dec 2023:


      I am not in forensics but generally the discipline applies psychological theory to criminal investigation to help understand psychological problems associated with criminal behaviour, and the treatment of those who have committed offences. Forensic psychologists work with all aspects of the criminal justice system.

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