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Investigative Psychology

Investigative psychology is a problem-solving psychology set up to deal with real-world crimes and other issues, beyond the abstractions of university laboratories. Investigative psychologists collect, assess, interpret, and organize the information available from an investigation. It is an emerging area of criminal psychology that utilizes psychology to bring together various data relevant to investigations to improve information on which an investigation is based, inferences related to that information (growing out of offender profiling), and the psychology of investigative decision-making. The findings, in turn, influence decisions that can be effectively supported. This field of psychology originates in studies of criminal activity, especially serious crimes, and has been utilized in a wide range of situations from examining the location of the improvised explosive devices in Iraq, identifying ...

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