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To obtain knowledge about forensic psychology and various psychological investigative tools.
After completion of this course student will be able to ;
The overview of forensic psychology and its applications.
The legal aspects of forensic psychology.
The significance of criminal profiling.
The importance of psychological assessment in gauging criminal behavior.
The tools and techniques required for detection of deception.
The critical assessment of advanced forensic techniques like polygraphy, narco analysis and brain electrical oscillation signatures.
Basics of Forensic Psychology
Definition and fundamental concepts of forensic psychology and forensic psychiatry. Psychology and law. Ethical issues in forensic psychology.
Assessment of mental competency. Mental disorders and forensic psychology.
Psychology of evidence – eyewitness testimony, confession evidence. Criminal profiling.
Psychology in the courtroom, with special reference to Section 84 IPC.
Psychology and Criminal Behaviour
Psychopathology and personality disorder. Psychological assessment and its importance.
Serial murderers. Psychology of terrorism.
Biological factors and crime – social learning theories, psycho-social factors, abuse.
Juvenile delinquency – theories of offending (social cognition, moral reasoning),
Child abuse (physical, sexual, emotional), juvenile sex offenders, legal controversies.
Detection of Deception
Tools for detection of deception – interviews, non-verbal detection, statement analysis, voice stress analyzer, hypnosis.
Polygraphy – operational and question formulation techniques, ethical and legal aspects, the guilty knowledge test.
Narco analysis and brain electrical oscillation signatures – principle and theory, ethical and legal issues.
Forensic Psychology Lab
• To cite a crime case where legal procedures pertaining to psychic behavior had to be invoked.
• To prepare a report on relationship between mental disorders and forensic psychology.
• To review a crime case involving serial murders. Comment on the psychological traits of the accused.
• To cite a crime case involving a juvenile and argue for and against lowering the age for categorizing an individual as juvenile.
• To study a criminal case in which hypnosis was used as a means to detect deception.
1. R. Saferstein, Criminalistics, 8th Edition, Prentice Hall, New Jersey (2004).
1. A.A. Moenssens, J. Starrs, C.E. Henderson and F.E. Inbau, Scientific Evidence in Civil and Criminal Cases, 4th Edition, The Foundation Press, Inc., New York (1995).
2. E. Elaad in Encyclopedia of Forensic Science, Volume 2, J.A. Siegel, P.J. Saukko and G.C. Knupfer (Eds.), Academic Press, London (2000).
Psychology and law
Psychological assessment and its importance.
Child abuse (physical, sexual, emotional),
juvenile sex offenders
ethical and legal aspects
the guilty knowledge test.
Narco analysis - Principle and theory, ethical and legal issues
Brain Electrical Oscillation signatures - principle and theory, ethical and legal issues