Introduction to forensic and criminal psychology by Dennis Howott

By Dennis Howott

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7–8). This comprehensive list defines the knowledge and skill base of practitioners in the discipline. It also indicates that no matter the exact specialism of the forensic psychologist, he or she knows more about their working context and relevant research than the minimum needed to function on a day-to-day basis. Defining criminal psychology tends to be less controversial. This is partly because it is not a title that is claimed by any significantly large or influential group of psychologists.

In this way the people of Mentaland obtain extra tools to get on with their job. 1 The expert witness Given that psychologists are experts in many different aspects of human nature and behaviour, it is not surprising that their knowledge is frequently applicable in court. The extent of their involvement is dependent on a number of factors. According to Groscup et al. qxd 10/31/08 10:03 AM Page 6 6 Chapter 1 What is forensic and criminal psychology? from the social and behavioural sciences. Different legal jurisdictions have different requirements of expert witnesses and certain expert evidence may not be admissible in all legal systems.

Munsterberg, with the help of the great physiologist of the visual system, Helmholtz, showed that the apparent difference in colour was a function of the different lighting conditions involved. The shades were not different. After migrating to the United States, he found that the adversarial Anglo-American system of law was not so sympathetic to hearing psychological opinion as the European system had been. His interests were wide in the field of applied psychology (Howitt, 1992) and included jury decision making as well as eyewitness testimony in the domain of forensic psychology.

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