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Forensic Psychology – Biological Explanations for Offending

4. Haney et al. (1973)

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Lecture

In this fourth module, we think about the Haney et al. (1973) prison simulation study, focusing in particular on: (i) this study being more commonly known as the Zimbardo, or Stanford, Prison Experiment; (ii) the participant recruitment strategy as a vague post asking male volunteers to sign up; (iii) the role that the distinct guard and prisoner uniforms played in ensuring ecological validity of the study; (iv) the extreme emotional impacts on participants, resulting in both attrition and early termination of the experiment; (v) the strengths and weaknesses of the experiment.

Course

This course, by Professor Ciarán O’Keeffe (Buckinghamshire New University), explores biological explanations for offending. In the first module, we think about the concept of ‘making a criminal’ and the transition from philosophical to scientific methodologies. In the second module, we think about biological strategies for preventing criminal behaviour, including nutritional interventions and facial surgery for criminals. In the third module, we think about the Raine et al. (1997) study, which identified brain areas linked to violence and aggression. Next, we think about the Haney et al. (1973) study, also known as the Stanford Prison Experiment, run by Philip Zimbardo. In the fifth module, we think about how brain injury can influence violence and aggression, as well as the ability for brain injury research to inform our understanding of this field. In the sixth and final module, we think about XYY syndrome and the mixed results research on it have found regarding its impact on violence, aggression and criminal behaviour.

Lecturer

Ciarán O’Keeffe is associate professor at Buckinghamshire New University. He specialises in both forensic and criminal psychology, as well as parapsychology (the study of mental phenomena which are inexplicable by conventional psychology). Professor O’Keeffe’s background is in investigative psychology and now teaches across a range of forensic and criminal psychology courses. He has made numerous television and radio appearances alongside an array of celebrities.

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O'Keeffe, C. (2022, April 01). Forensic Psychology – Biological Explanations for Offending - Haney et al. (1973) [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/forensic-psychology-biological-explanations-for-offending/haney-et-al-1973

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