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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:

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 2010-08-28

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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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