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Forensic Psychology – Evidence and Courtrooms

2. Fingerprint Evidence

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Lecture

In this lecture, we explore one specific type of forensic evidence – fingerprints, focusing in particular on: (i) the details of fingerprint analysis; (ii) the 2008 emotional context study by Hall and Player; (iii) Hall and Player’s independent variable as the level of context provided to participants; (iv) the dependant variables as whether the participant reads the crime report before or after examining the fingerprint, whether the participant considers the fingerprint to be a match, and whether the participant is sufficiently confident in their decision to present it in court; (v) a few key comparisons which can be made between the groups, based on the results.

Course

In this course, Professor Ciaran O’Keeffe walks through two vital parts of the legal system process – evidence collection and courtroom psychology. In the first lecture, we think about the range of biases that can arise in the collection and processing of forensic evidence. In the second lecture, we focus on fingerprint analysis as a type of forensic evidence. In the third lecture, we move on from forensic evidence and begin to explore techniques of jury persuasion, targeting three key models of persuasion. Next, three defendant characteristics which can impact jury decisions of guilt or innocence are outlined: regional accents, race, and crime type. In the fifth lecture, we continue this discussion, broadening to characteristics of gender, age, and attractiveness. In the sixth and final lecture, Professor O’Keeffe brings to light an issue which has been documented back to the mid nineteenth century, but presents itself as increasingly important in the modern age of internet access – pre-trial publicity.

Lecturer

Professor Ciarán O’Keeffe is associate professor of education and research and head of the School of Human and Social Sciences at Buckinghamshire New University. Professor O’Keeffe’s research interests include investigative psychology and parapsychology, and has made numerous television and radio appearances alongside an array of celebrities. Some of Professor O’Keeffe’s recent publications include 'Things That Go Bump In The Literature: An Environmental Appraisal of 'Haunted Houses'' (2020) and 'Restorative Justice and Recidivism: Investigating the impact of victim-preference for level of engagement' (2014).

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O'Keeffe, C. (2021, November 09). Forensic Psychology – Evidence and Courtrooms - Fingerprint Evidence [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/evidence-and-courtrooms/fingerprint-evidence

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O'Keeffe, C. "Forensic Psychology – Evidence and Courtrooms – Fingerprint Evidence." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 09 Nov 2021, https://massolit.io/courses/evidence-and-courtrooms/fingerprint-evidence

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