Forensic Psychology eBook, 5th Edition

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Forensic Psychology eBook, 5th Edition

By Joanna Pozzulo, Craig Bennell, Adelle Forth
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Forensic Psychology, 5th Edition provides stimulating and accessible course materials by pioneers in the field. The authors have taken a broad-based perspective that incorporates both experimental and clinical topics. The text covers topics that might otherwise be discussed in traditional social and cognitive psychology courses—including eyewitness testimony, jury decision making, and police procedures—as well as topics that are clinical in nature and might otherwise be discussed in traditional personality or abnormal psychology courses—such as the meaning of being unfit to stand trial, mentally disordered offenders, and psychopathy.


The authors’ goal in this edition was to update important ideas, issues, and research in a way that students will understand and enjoy, and in some cases find useful in their professional careers.


The pedagogical aids are designed to promote student learning and assist instructors in presenting key material. Important features include the following:


  • Learning Objectives and End-of-Chapter Summaries. Each chapter starts with a list of learning objectives to guide
  • students’ learning of the material and closes with a summary linked to the learning objectives.
  • Vignettes. Chapter-opening vignettes provide students with a context for the key concepts they will encounter in each chapter. These engaging vignettes present real-world scenarios in which students, or people they know, could potentially find themselves.
  • Boxes. Boxed features within the chapters provide interesting asides to the main text. Some detail current cases and legal rulings (Cases in Forensic Psychology boxes), while others highlight “hot” topics in the news (In the Media boxes) that have not yet been the subject of much psychological research. These boxes will develop students’ consciousness of current issues and spark some research ideas.
  • Research Methodology. Research methodology specific to forensic topics is described in the relevant chapters, with the goal of helping students understand how studies in forensic psychology are conducted.
  • Research Studies. Data reported in original studies are cited throughout the textbook, often in graph or table form for easy interpretation. Diagrams of psychological models and flow charts demonstrate key processes that occur through the criminal justice system.
  • Theoretical Perspectives. Theories that provide accounts for specific topic areas are discussed in each chapter. The discussion of the various theories emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach, showing the interplay among cognitive, biological, and social factors in understanding the different forensic psychology areas.
  • Research Questions. At the end of case boxes, a set of questions are provided to aid students’ thinking about the material. These questions do not necessarily contain a “correct” answer but rather allow the student to consider alternative views of the issues.
  • Discussion Questions. Several discussion questions are offered at the end of each chapter. Instructors can assign these questions for group discussion, or students can use the questions to examine their comprehension and retention of the chapter material. We hope these questions will inspire critical thought in students.
  • Key Terms and Glossary. Throughout the chapters, keywords with which students in forensic psychology should be familiar appear in bold type and are defined in marginal notes. These key terms and their definitions are also provided in a glossary at the end of the book for easy reference. 
Table of contents
  • Chapter 1 An Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • Chapter 2 Police Psychology
  • Chapter 3 The Psychology of Police Investigations
  • Chapter 4 Deception
  • Chapter 5 Eyewitness Testimony
  • Chapter 6 Child Victims and Witnesses
  • Chapter 7 Juries: Fact Finders
  • Chapter 8 The Role of Mental Illness in Court
  • Chapter 9 Sentencing and Parole in Canada
  • Chapter 10 Risk Assessment
  • Chapter 11 Psychopaths
  • Chapter 12 Assessment and Treatment of Young Offenders
  • Chapter 13 Intimate Partner Violence
  • Chapter 14 Sexual Offenders
  • Chapter 15 Homicidal Offenders