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Quick links for December 2010


A round-up of December tweets from crimepsychblog

New Journal Issues

  • Women & Criminal Justice 20(4), articles on IPV, life sentences and risk
  • Justice Qtrly 27(6), articles on transgender prisoners, gangs, social learning theory, self-control, in-reach
  • Dec 10 issue of Learning & Individual Differences 21(1) has special section on education of children in detention
  • Violence Against Women 16(12), includes special section on false allegations of sexual assault

See also:

  • Law Journal of the Month – Oxford Journals offer free access to all content for one journal for one month

Deception and interviewing

Scholarly articles:

  • Thermal Imaging as a Lie Detection Tool at Airports
  • Influence of Investigator Bias on the Elicitation of True & False Confessions
  • Eliciting Cues to False Intent: A New Application of Strategic Interviewing
  • Looks & Lies: Physical Attractiveness in Online Dating Self-Presentation and Deception. Communication Research 37(3)
  • New research on fMRI-based deception detection measures’ vulnerability to countermeasures
  • New research: Improving efficacy of Concealed Information Test? “Denoised P300 & machine learning-based CIT method”
  • Psychophysiological Response Pattern in Symptom Validity Testing Arch Clin Neurology
  • Free access: The Polygraph and Forensic Psychiatry (Don Grubin) J. American Academy of Psychiatry & Law
  • Great write-up of a rare study of fMRI countermeasures (via @ResearchBlogs) How To Fool A Lie Detector Brain Scan

See also:

Video games and aggression

  • How interacting with aggressive virtual characters in video games affects trust and cooperation of players
  • Press release: “New study shows that depression, not video games, could be to blame for youth violence”

Elsewhere in the forensic research literature

  • Howard Zonana & the Transformation of Forensic Psychiatry J. American Academy Psychiatry & Law 38(4)
  • Free access, explores propensity to blame female rape victims. Social Justice Research 23(4)
  • Free access, investigating psychological dynamics underlying demonizing (seeing others as pure evil)
  • Intelligence-led & traditional policing approaches to drug markets – comparison of offenders
  • Free research article on traumatic brain injury in male young offenders in Neuropsychological Rehabilitation 20(6)
  • Press release: link between an individual’s sensitivity to testosterone and aggressive behaviour
  • Press release: Preteen conduct problems leads to teenage serious violence and delinquency


  • In December’s APA Monitor: Researchers disagree about whether violent video games increase aggression
  • Study fr Berkeley Ctr fr Crim Justice: Increasing Employment Opportunities for People with Prior Convictions
  • Online interactions involving suspected paedophiles who engage male children
  • ‘Impulsivity gene’ found in violent offenders. New Scientist 23 December 2010

See also:

  • Compendium of reoffending statistics & analysis – selection of papers summarising analysis by Ministry of Justice
  • Call for chapter proposals – Police and Protesters: Motives and Responses
  • “Scared Straight not only doesn’t work, it may actually be more harmful than doing nothing” via World of Psychology
  • RT @vaughanbell Excellent @chriscfrench piece on how UK prosecutions have been based entirely on ‘recovered memories’
  • New (to me) blog on false Confessions (HT to @cjprof)

A month’s-worth of tweets, 25 Oct to 22 November


A month’s worth of tweets in one post (I know, I know, but I’ve been away).

New journal issues


  • J of Police & Criminal Psychology 25(2). All articles FREE ACCESS at the moment

    Cambridge Journals offer FREE access to select papers in Psychological Medicine, incl some with forensic relevance

  • Some good stuff here & all free: Open Access Journal of Forensic Psychology Has been going since 2009 but new to me.


Journal articles that caught my eye

  • New research on traumatic brain injury in youth offenders – balanced press release here:
  • Psychological science & sound public policy: Video recording of custodial interrogations American Psychologist 65(8)
  • In press: social status of drug procurers & their social distance from drug dealers affects sales, fraud & gift-giving
  • Interactional norms in the Australian police interrogation room Discourse & Society 21(6)
  • Women’s testimony on domestic violence in India & legal implications. Indian J of Gender Studies 17(3)
  • Forensic evidence: Materializing bodies, materializing crimes. European J of Women’s Studies 17(4)
  • Child abuse victims who blame themselves & families present higher rates of PTSD

New deception research and commentary:

  • Sanity at last. “Government abandons lie detector tests for catching benefit cheats”
  • Jo Are You Lying to Me? Temporal Cues for Deception — Journal of Language and Social Psychology
  • Is It Always Bad To Lie? Review of a new book on deception, via
  • Interviewers outperform thermal imaging technology in identifying liars & truth-tellers. Great study, FREE til 30/11
  • In press: Role of dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in deception when remembering neutral & emotional events Neurosci Res
  • Neat new study on deceptive groups: Extracting Concealed Information from Groups in J. of Forensic Sciences.
  • “Trusting people make better lie detectors” from SAGE Insight. Includes link to free PDF of journal article
  • In The Job Hunt, People Do Lie, But Honesty Pays Off, Study Finds
  • Misguided: Polygraphs provide false reassurance. Sigh. “Polygraph Testing Against Border Corruption” via Secrecy News
  • To detect lies it’s equally as important to be able to detect when someone is being truthful. via @humintell
  • Blog post from @humintell on interesting new research: Are Children Good Liars?

Research and resources on terrorism and counter-terrorism

  • Methods to Detect and Characterize Terrorist activity, report from Institute for Homeland Sec Solutions
  • Deradicalization: Literature review and comparison with research on anti-cult and anti-gang initiatives
  • The Impact of Emotion in the American Public’s Assessments of and Reactions to Terrorism, summary and link to full txt
  • via Resource shelf: Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism Suicide Attack Database

Retweets and other miscellaneous links

  • @PhilipBecnel’s article in Pursuit Magazine called “A Private Investigator’s Take on Social Media”:
  • RT @vaughanbell What makes a psychopath? The Economist on recent findings.
  • @navarrotells Four opportunities to detect deception in an interview: in Psychology Today
  • Mental illness in US prisons – video via @channelNvideo
  • The awesome @kfranklinphd explains what it takes to become a forensic psychologist at her new Psychology Today blog

Quick Links for 11 to 24 October


So here’s what I’ve been twittering about for the last few days. (Follow crimepsychblog here:!/crimepsychblog)


  • Springer is offering free access to many journals til 30 November. No registration required. Here’s Law and Human Behavior and here is Law and Human Behavior, 34(1), a special on interrogation and confession
  • The entire digital archive of the Royal Society’s publications is free to access from Monday until 30th November

New issues:

Deception articles:

  • The Reliability of Lie Detection Performance in Law Hum Beh 2009, currently free access til 30 Nov PDF:
  • Outsmarting the Liars: The Benefit of Asking Unanticipated Questions in Law Hum Beh 2009, currently free access PDF:
  • Police Lie Detection Accuracy: The Effect of Lie Scenario from Law Hum Beh 33(6) Free access til 30 Nov
  • Aw, bless. New research in Psychol Science 21(10) shows 3-yr-olds have highly robust bias to trust what people say.
  • Articles on reality monitoring, deceptive handwriting (FREE) & false memory in latest issue of Applied Cog Psy 24(8)
  • Fascinating in press article on how honesty is rewarded and deception punished across cultures, in Pers Soc Psychol Bull

Other articles that caught my eye:

  • From SSRN-Psychological Syndromes and Criminal Responsibility by Christopher Slobogin
  • New in Acta Psych: Photos can create false memories if events perceived as personally plausible, less likely otherwise
  • Interesting. SSRN-The Devastating Impact of Prior Crimes Evidence – And Other Myths of the Criminal Justice Process
  • Mapping and Measuring Cybercrime: a Forum Discussion Paper:
  • Abstract: “When serial killers go unseen: The case of Trevor Joseph Hardy” in Crime Media Culture (via @Understanding Crime)
  • CSI effect and criminals? New analysis suggests rapists are inconsistent in their forensic awareness
  • New research in J. Personality & Soc Psych Emotion Guided Threat Detection: Expecting Guns Where There Are None
  • New in Psychol Science 21(10): alienated youth are more aggressive than others when they experience acute peer rejection.
  • New: Confidence & Professional Judgment in Assessing Children’s Risk of Abuse, Research on Social Work Practice 20(6)

And finally:

  • In Guardian Science: How juries are fooled by statistics
  • Karen Franklin PhD reviews “groundbreaking new book on sex offender treatment”
  • The Situationist Blog highlights SSRN paper by Davis & Leo on eliciting confessions and the risk of false confessions

Quick links for 30 Sept to 10 October


A reminder that there’s just five days left to get your hands on all Sage Journals’ content. Free trial giving full-text access to ALL Sage Journal content ends 15 Oct. Don’t miss out, register here:

New research

  • New issue: The latest Journal Contemporary Criminal Justice [26(4)] is a special on criminal investigation, with articles on police procedures, confessions, offender profiling and more (and it’s free til 15/10 via
  • Extraordinary new analysis calculates each US homicide costs public average $17.25m, average murderer costs $24m.
  • New journal from APA: Psychology of Violence, coming 2011. Introductory issue online now
  • “Beyond Social Capital: Triad Organized Crime in Hong Kong and China” (via @UnderstandCrime – Aaron Jacklin)
  • A new study shows that men, but not women, have an impaired ability to recognize faces when under stress [PDF] (via @mocost – Mo Costandi)


  • Insurance “claim fraudsters think too much”. Some great Portsmouth Uni research covered by Irish Independent
  • “If You Want to Catch a Liar, Make Him Draw” David DiSalvo @Neuronarrative on more great Portsmouth Uni research
  • fMRI scans of people with schizophrenia show they have same functional anatomical distinction between truth telling & deception as others via @Forpsych
  • In press: Promising to tell truth makes 8- 16 year-olds more honest (but lectures on morality don’t). Beh Sciences & Law

Other links of interest:

  • Sam Sommers on testifying as expert witness on eyewitness identifications, in a complex case.
  • From Docuticker: “In Their Own Words: Domestic Abuse in Later Life” training video released by DoJ
  • RT @lenagroeger First blog post up on Scienceline! The Brain Scan Appeal: bringing neuroscience into the courtroom
  • RT @sciam (Scientific American) Are war crimes caused by bad apples or bad barrels?
  • RT @vaughanbell Why do people confess to crimes they didn’t commit? Excellent NY Mag article on false confessions.
  • RT @kfranklinphd (Karen Franklin) Why exempting sexually violent predator evaluators from traditional psychology ethics is a bad idea:
  • RT @kfranklinphd (Karen Franklin) Black and female young offenders lack access to legal advice, UK study finds
  • RT @cjprof (Dr. Blankenship) Breakthrough in Britain’s war on drugs and crime – Crime, UK – The Independent
  • Great story by @bmahersciwriter on “a surreptitious and malicious side of science” – sabotage in the lab.
  • RT @mindhacksblog: how murder is a social act:
  • RT @vaughanbell Fascinating 2003 NYT piece on medieval crime statistics, modern manners and murder. HT MH reader Alex C
  • RT @Slate A New Orleans man who spent 29 years in solitary for a crime he didn’t commit
  • RT @vaughanbell Insight into pimping from interviews. DePaul University study. pdf: Sad and surprising via @kfranklinphd

Quick links for 19 Sept to 26 Sept 2010


New issues:

New articles:

  • “When children commit atrocities in war”, Global Change, Peace & Security 22(3)
  • People with higher Need for Cognition are more accurate at classifying truthful & deceptive msgs J Exp Soc Psy 46(6)
  • New research on personality, cognitive ability & motivation of academic cheaters. In J Exp Psych: Applied, Vol 16(3)
  • Violent & nonviolent video games produce opposing effects on aggressive & prosocial outcomes J Exp Soc Psy 46(6)

And some retweets and other links of interest:

Quick links for the last week


New issues:

  • Law and Human Behavior 34(5) Recidivism risk, psychopathy, informants, quality of forensic examiners and more
  • Criminal Justice Matters 81(1) Articles on pre-crime, masculinity & violence, probation, secure envts & more
  • Psychology, Crime & Law 16(8) Articles on execution, prisoners, rape myths, child abuse, eyewitness testimony

New research articles:

  • Murder–suicide: A reaction to interpersonal crises. Forensic Science International 202(1-3)
  • The role of perpetrator similarity in reactions toward innocent victims Eur J Soc Psy 40(6) Depressing.
  • Detecting concealed information w/ reaction times: Validity & comparison w/ polygraph App Cog Psych 24(7)
  • Eliciting cues to children’s deception via strategic disclosure of evidence App Cog Psych 24(7)
  • Can fabricated evidence induce false eyewitness testimony? App Cog Psych 24(7) Free access
  • In press, B J Soc Psy Cues to deception in context. Apparently ‘context’ = ‘Jeremy Kyle Show’. Can’t wait for the paper!
  • Narrative & abductive processes in criminal profiling Free if u register for Sage trial
  • Children’s contact with incarcerated parents: Research findings & recommendations American Psych 65(6)
  • Comparing victim attributions & outcomes for workplace aggression & sexual harassment in J App Psych 95(5)
  • Correctional Psychologist Burnout, Job Satisfaction, and Life Satisfaction. In Psych Services 7(3)
  • It’s okay to shoot a character. Paper on morals in video games
  • Perceptions about memory reliability and honesty for children of 3 to 18 years old –

And some other links of interest:

Quick links for the last couple of weeks


Oh dear, the automatic Twitter updates feature needs attention. Sigh. Meanwhile, here’s what I’ve been tweeting about:

The most important tweet of the last two weeks was notification that Sage Pubs are offering FREE online access to their entire collection until October 15, 2010. Sage do this every year or so and it’s a great time to stock up new and classic research. Register here:

Once you’ve done that, check out new issues of the following Sage journals:

Also out, the first September issue of JUSTINFO, published by NCJRS. Funding opps, new publications, courses, resources etc

In other non-forensic journals, the following articles caught my eye:

  • Meta-analytic comparison of 9 violence risk assessment tools. Psychological Bulletin 136(5):740-767
  • Construct-driven development of video-based situational judgment test for police integrity
  • Unconfirmed loss of husband has specific negative mental health consequences vs suffering a confirmed loss
  • Social ties & short-term self-reported delinquent behaviour of personality disordered forensic outpatients
  • Prediction & expln of young offenders’ intentions to reoffend from behavioral, normative & control beliefs
  • Psych Bulletin 136(5) Surviving the Holocaust: A meta-analysis of the long-term sequelae of a genocide.
  • Screening offenders for risk of drop-out and expulsion from correctional programmes –
  • Distinguishing truthful from invented accounts using reality monitoring criteria –
  • Can people successfully feign high levels of interrogative suggestibility & compliance when given instructions to malinger?
  • New research – FMRI & deception: “The production and detection of deception in an interactive game” in _Neuropsychologia_
  • And in the free access PLoS1: fMRI study indicates neural activity associated with deception is valence-related. PLoS One 5(8).

Other bits and pieces, including retweets:

  • “How to Catch a Terrorist: Read His Brainwaves-ORLY?” Wired Danger Room is sceptical about P300 tests as CT measure
  • RT@vaughanbell: Good piece on the attempts to get dodgy fMRI lie detection technology introduced to the courtroom.
  • NPR: A Click Away: Preventing Online Child Porn Viewing
  • How Can We Help Gang Members Leave the Violence Behind? Share your thoughts on the newest PsycCRITIQUES Blog entry
  • Do prison conditions have more of a deterrent effect on crime than the death penalty?
  • Great documentary with forensic issues regarding induced delusional or acute polymorphic psychotic disorder:

Twitter Updates for 2010-08-29

  • Why Jessica Stern studies violence: Raped age 15; police investign over whn father said she "seemed to have forgotten it" #
  • Workplace violence / terrorism: DoD releases report “Lessons Learned from Fort Hood.” #
  • Video via @WRY999 Jim Fallon discusses Neuroscience of Murder & Aggression "Exploring the Mind of a Killer". Fascinating. #

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Twitter Updates for 2010-08-25

  • New research: Turning a blind eye to double blind line-ups Wright et al in Applied Cog Psych 24: 849–867 #
  • New research: Effect of suspicion & liars' strategies on reality monitoring Gnisci, Caso & Vrij in more info

    App Cog Psy 24:762–773 #

  • Call for papers now open for APLS, EAPL & ANZAPPL International Congress on Psych & Law, March 2-5th, 2011 in Miami FL #

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