Essential Reads

Why Social Stigma Matters

Hate crimes are on the rise. New research helps to explain why.

The Link Between Autism and Violence Isn’t Autism

A new study that digs a little deeper into the apparent connection between autism and violence finds other disorders to be the missing link.

Privatizing Mental Health Has Led to "Insane Consequences"

By Allen J Frances M.D. on May 02, 2017 in Saving Normal
There is no worse place to have a severe mental illness than the United States. A new book explains why and offers solutions.

How and Why Societal Elites Manipulate Public Fear

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on April 30, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
Public fear over an alleged social problem is mutually beneficial to state officials—that is, politicians, law enforcement authorities and the news media.

More Posts on Law and Crime

Eyebrows May Flash Veracity

Eyebrow flash rate determines the difference between a friendly eyebrow flash and a deceptive eyebrow flash.

The American Law Institute Revises the Model Penal Code

New revisions to the Model Penal Code continue the archaic dominance of "just deserts" and retributivism.

Child Custody in Polyamorous Families Part 5

This fifth and final blog in the series on children in polyamorous families examines the trends in custody of these children, from the best interests standard to recent changes.

Treating Opioid Abuse: Focus on the Patient, Not Just Pain

"Drugs do not grab you and hold you in a bear hug."

Conspiracy Pathology

Conspiracy theories shade into mental illness, as in the dream that destroyed David Crowley and family. The ambiguity that gives conspiracy thinking power also invites delusion.

The Psychology of Hoaxing

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on May 18, 2017 in In Excess
Hoaxing behaviour is nothing new but there are many types that may or may not have serious consequences for individuals. But what do we know about the psychology of hoaxing?

Inside the Mind of The 'Celebrity' Serial Killer Ian Brady

...why this serial killer never garnered the media attention that others... did, include the fact, unlike the 'Moors Murderer', Trevor Hardy did not have a catchy nick name...
Charles C. Thomas

The Impact of Mentors

A new collection of important papers reminds us of past work in criminal psychology, as well as the importance of mentors.
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What Empire Got Wrong About Social Workers

Contrary to misrepresentation by popular media, social workers are so much more than people who take children from loving families.

Government Criminalizes Sexual Fantasy

Erotic age role-play between adults is incredibly common. Unfortunately, prosecutors and juries think it's sick and dangerous.

Fight or Flight? Resisting Air Rage Becoming the New Normal

Fighting inflight is a dangerous "new normal." Understanding air rage through addressing aired grievances can enhance the ability of airlines to restore the friendly skies.

How Not to Prepare for Emergencies

Much effort goes into national disaster plans. But actual incidents require improvisation and coordination between agencies that cannot be planned in advance.
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Munchausen by Proxy or Con Artist Mom?

The tragic story of Gypsy and Dee Blanchare is set to air as an HBO documentary on May 15. Here's a look at the law and psychology behind a case of medical child abuse and murder.

Do People Decide What to Do?

If you don’t pay close attention, it can seem as if the football announcer is causing the players to do what they do.
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Where Are the Lawmakers?

Our lawmakers, the members we elect to the House and Senate, are charged with writing laws.
K. Ramsland

H. H. Holmes: Exhumations and Expectations

As we await the results of the high-profile exhumation of H. H. Holmes, we might not want this mystery solved.

Rescuing the Boy in the Bunker

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on May 04, 2017 in Media Spotlight
How the FBI helped resolve one of the most harrowing hostage crises in recent U.S. history

When Hiring a Lawyer or Mediator, Buyer Beware

Who is responsible when the public fails to understand the different dispute resolution processes and types of attorneys and mediators available, even after they retain someone?

Should Psychologists Be Allowed to Prescribe Medication?

By Ruth Lee Johnson J.D. on May 02, 2017 in So Sue Me
A new trend has emerged in the controversial RxP battle.
K. Ramsland

Backwoods Predators

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on April 30, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Terror in the deep, dark woods is not just a movie script; predators look for relaxed arenas where people tend to trust strangers.

Restoring Our Selves and Others After Personal Injustices

We all encounter personal injustices in our daily lives. What can we do to achieve a satisfying resolution, while maintaining a balanced perspective of the actions of others?

Pimp Culture Glorification and Sex Trafficking

What may seem like a harmless portrayal of pimp culture has detrimental impacts on sex trafficking and other forms of sexual violence.

Our Lost Atlantis

"We are not thriving. Our people live, but our culture is dying. We are like a stone the ocean beats against. With each year a little more of us is worn away." ---The Lost Empire
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Guilty, With an Explanation

The increasing use of neuroscience in behalf of criminal defendants with "defective" brains raises a perennial question: how do we define responsibility and free will?

A Psychology of Conspiracy Theory

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on April 25, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
Conspiracy theories used to be kooky inventions homemade in somebody’s mental garage. Now they’re tools in mainstream contests for power.

Site Hardening: Predator-Proof Your Home

Your home is a sanctuary of safety and security. Fortify your walls with common sense and perception. While most of your neighbors are safe, be on alert for those who are not.

Shouldn't Lawyers Understand the Art of Persuasion?

Lawyers could more effectively represent their clients if they understood the art of persuasion.

Is Willful Ignorance a Good Quality in an Attorney?

Why do family law attorneys ignore the research which supports the benefits of a facilitative over an adversarial approach for divorce and family law?

The O’Reilly Factor: Men, Power, and Sexual Abuse

Love him or hate him, Bill O’Reilly had the ear of America. He’s rich and famous, and we seem to have a different set of rules for those folks.
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Which Is "Crazier?"

How does a forensic psychologist tease out the mind of a criminal defendant at the time he committed it? Debunking one myth - and investigating one source - at a time.