Essential Reads

Lessons from the Grave of Timothy Piazza

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on July 17, 2017 in Presence of Mind
Timothy Piazza didn't have to die but group dynamics and barriers to bystander intervention insured that he did.
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Law Enforcement's Most Challenging Assignment

By Ellen Kirschman Ph.D. on July 14, 2017 in Cop Doc
There are a number of reasons why investigating Internet crimes against children is deeply emotionally trying. Here's what psychologists can and should do to help.
Appended to the majority decision in Brown v. Plata (2011).

The Harm of Solitary Confinement

Solitary confinement does damage.

Marijuana Legalization and Answers to Our "Drug Problems"

Drugs & drug policy evoke strong opinions. At stake are issues of personal freedom, public health, racial equality, public safety, costs, & large financial profits.

More Posts on Law and Crime

Hooked on Homicide

Is it possible for someone to become addicted to killing? Here's what crime experts, soldiers, and serial killers say.
K. Ramsland

Four Missing Men and the Urge to Know

With the ongoing investigation of the murdered young men in Pennsylvania, we find social media's support for the natural human inclination to figure it out as soon as possible.

Fear-Based Anger Is the Primary Motive for Violence

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on July 17, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
Anger is not a primary emotion. It is a secondary emotion or reaction. Fear or terror is the root of all anger.

Polyphobia

This blog explores discrimination and prejudice against polyamorous people in loss of social ties, housing, child custody, job loss, and selective enforcement of rules or laws.

The Power of Total Isolation: Why We Hate Being Alone

By Kevin Bennett on July 12, 2017 in Modern Minds
The pain of extreme isolation results from a conflict between evolved social mechanisms and impersonal modern environments containing built structures that cut us off from others.

“Shots Fired” Cry Havoc’s take on Dallas Shootings of 7/7/16

By Julie K. Hersh on July 10, 2017 in Struck By Living
Two thought-provoking plays in Dallas, Texas address the anger and pain associated with race in the United States.
Randy Williams

Jack the Ripper Was Not ‘He’ But ‘They’

Distinctly different approach to identifying Jack the Ripper looks at groups that advocate violence for social manipulation.

Committed: The Battle Over Involuntary Psychiatric Care

No other issues in mental health seem to ignite flames as great and persistent as do liberty and privacy.

Shame of Our Cities: Neglect of the Mentally Ill

By Allen J Frances M.D. on July 07, 2017 in Saving Normal
A step-by-step comparison illustrates that the United States is the worst place in the world to be mentally ill and that Trieste is the best.
K. Ramsland

Women Who Run With Killers

Some women discover only later that they once dated a serial killer, and that they were lucky to survive.

Heroes' Origins: Must Superheroes Suffer Parental Loss?

The Film Psychologist looks at psychological consequences of losing parents for the the world's three most famous superhero orphans, and Stan Lee shares his thoughts on the matter.

The Bronx Hospital Shooter: A Chronic Catathymic Crisis?

Who shoots up a workplace two years after being fired? Someone who is obsessed with that incident, who has ruminated about it, and fantasized about revenge.

Dogs previously sentenced to death get new leases on life

By Cathy Scott on July 01, 2017 in Crime, She Writes
High percentages of dogs rescued by Chicago police after their owners are criminally charged are rehabilitated and find new homes, as told in the book 'A Ruff Road Home'

High Temperatures Raise the Risk of Aggression in Dogs

Data has shown that for humans the tendency toward aggression increases as the outside temperature goes up, and now data confirms that the same is true for dogs.
Trauma dissociation

Cops and PTSD

By Ellen Kirschman Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in Cop Doc
It's National PTSD Awareness Day; do you know a cop with PTSD?

How the News Media Make Monsters

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
The news media frequently refer to murderers in nonhuman and supernatural terms, using inflammatory words like evil, vampire, and monster.
Praeger

Will This Angel of Death be Released?

With the approaching release of a suspected healthcare serial killer in Texas, old cases are being reexamined for possible new evidence against her.

Lawsuit Filed Over Brain-Eating Ameoba Death

Teen's death blamed on U.S. National Whitewater Center.

Interviewing a Criminal: Who Is Interviewing Whom?

Criminals case others out for their own purposes in all sorts of situations.

The Full Moon Effect Takes Another Hit

Additional evidence that the full moon does not influence criminal behavior.

Not All Smiles Project the Same Image

Custom make your smiles to ensure you send the right message.

My Boss Fondled Me

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on June 20, 2017 in Minority Report
There's not much public space for adults of sexual harassment to feel safe, since adults are supposed to know right from wrong and have the language to say no. But I can tell you..

Why Does the Religious Right Hate Your Birth Control?

By Marty Klein PhD on June 19, 2017 in Sexual Intelligence
Scripture doesn't mention birth control. So why are many religious people against it—for you?

What Is Justice and When Is It Served?

When a court's factual findings differ from reality, it erases actual lived experiences.

What Can We Learn from Body Cameras?

We now have data to back up the widespread claim that not all drivers are treated equally.

Child Porn Redux

By Karen Franklin Ph.D. on June 11, 2017 in Witness
An explosion of online pornography is leading to welcome research and debate on its social and psychological effects.

Protecting Brain Injured Patients in Legal Proceedings

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on June 09, 2017 in The New Normal
Protective orders can protect people who have compromised cognitive functioning.

Live-streamed Violent Criminal Acts

Should we discourage live-streaming of violence by punishing online witnesses who do nothing? If not, do we become the bystanders?
Laura Pettler Associates

Hometown Killer

A new webcast on a serial killer trucker offers a unique case for lovers of true crime.
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What Is a Psychopath?

By William Hirstein Ph.D. on June 08, 2017 in Mindmelding
The neuroscience of psychopathy has made great strides in the past fifteen years in understanding how their brains differ from those of normal people.