Category Archives: Forensic Psychology

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How To Protect Your Rights in a Legal Case that is Psychologically Challenging

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If you are involved in a legal case that is psychologically challenging, there are some things you can do to ensure your rights are protected. This blog post will explore some of the legal options you have and strategies you can use in court. Continue reading

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How To Recover Physically And Mentally After Suffering A Personal Injury

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After suffering a personal injury, it is important to take the time to recover both physically and mentally. The physical recovery process can be long and arduous, but with patience and determination, you can make a full recovery. The mental recovery process is just as important, if not more so than the physical recovery. In this blog post, we will discuss the best ways to physically and mentally recover after suffering a personal injury. Continue reading

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How A Car Accident May Affect Your Mental Health

car accident mental healthYour physical health is of utmost concern in the initial moments after a car crash. This is understandable as emergency medical care may save your life and reduce the long term effects of physical injury. However, many people overlook the fact that your mental health may also be negatively affected after a car accident. In this article we will discuss the mental and emotional issues car crash survivors typically face, as well as treatment options that can help people to cope. Continue reading

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Putting Eyewitness Testimony to the Test

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Since the discovery of DNA profiling in the mid 1980’s, there have been over 300 criminal exonerations in the USA alone. That’s over 300 innocent people imprisoned for a crime they did not commit. Studies in the USA have also shown that approximately 73% of these convictions incorporated eyewitness testimony as the primary piece of evidence in their respective cases. Continue reading

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How Reliable is Eyewitness Testimony?

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In 1984, Maryland USA, Kirk Bloodsworth was given the death penalty. His conviction was based solely on 5 eye-witnesses who all claimed to have seen him commit a horrific crime. After 9 years on death row, he was exonerated by DNA evidence. He was innocent. Continue reading

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Scott Fraser: The Problem With Eyewitness Testimony (Video)

In this talk forensic neurophysiologist Scott Fraser discusses the unreliability of eyewitness testimony. He explains that we only encode and store bits and pieces of information, and that the brain fills in the gaps with data that was not originally collected. Fraser states that all our memories are reconstructions, and are influenced by inference, speculation and information gained after the observation.

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