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Forensic Psychology – Important Practices and Research

4. Offender Profiling

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Lecture

In this lecture, we think about offender profiling and what is not, focusing in particular on: (i) the fact that crime fiction has created a popular image of forensic psychologists as Sherlock Holmes-like figures who solve crimes by ‘getting into the criminal’s mind’; (ii) the practice of offender profiling being instead, a way in which psychologists can support police investigations with expert advice drawn from different branches of psychology.

Course

In this course, Professor David Canter (University of Liverpool) provides an introduction to the field of forensic psychology and some of the most important practices and areas of research associated with it. In the first lecture, we start with a definition of forensic psychology as a discipline that applies psychological insights to legal processes and the criminal justice system. In the second lecture, we consider the different ways in which psychologists have theorised the causes of crime. In the third lecture, we think about how crime can be defined and measured. Next, we think about offender profiling. In the fifth lecture, we explore how this practice gradually developed into the broader area of investigative psychology. In the sixth lecture, we take a closer look at the field of investigative psychology and how it can contribute to police investigations. In the seventh lecture, we focus on geographical offender profiling. In the eighth lecture, we explore investigative interviewing. In the ninth and final lecture, we explore a specific method for modelling serial murder, known as the ‘radex model’ of serial killers.

To find out more about forensic psychology and David Canter’s work visit www.davidcanter.com.

Lecturer

Although internationally known for introducing scientific psychology into ‘offender profiling’ and developing the field of Investigative Psychology beyond those origins, Prof. David Canter has a wide range of interests including his continuing work in Environmental Psychology.

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Canter, D. (2019, September 27). Forensic Psychology – Important Practices and Research - Offender Profiling [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/forensic-psychology/offender-profiling

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Canter, D. "Forensic Psychology – Important Practices and Research – Offender Profiling." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 27 Sep 2019, https://massolit.io/courses/forensic-psychology/offender-profiling

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