Forensic Psychology, Research Methods in

Forensic psychology, broadly defined, is the application of psychology to the legal system and questions of law. This can take many forms, such as the assessment of individuals to resolve issues regarding competency to stand trial or criminal responsibility, treatment of individuals in correctional institutions or mandated to community supervision, and the use of psychological research in the courtroom to educate jurors on issues such as the accuracy of eyewitness testimony. Forensic psychologists also apply psychological knowledge to issues pertinent to those working for the justice system, such as police officers exposed to trauma or attorneys seeking help selecting jurors. Forensic psychology research applies the scientific principles of experimentation to answer questions related to police and judicial practices, offender treatment and rehabilitation, and many other ...

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