Forensic Psychology

Forensic Psychology

Forensic Psychology
By Cody Bastin
Intro to Criminal Justice Careers

Sigmund Freud
“A man should not strive to eliminate his complexes but to get into accord with
them: they are legitimately what directs his conduct in the world.”

• The human mind is an incredible thing and it works in
mysterious ways. The capabilities in which we possess
are endless. The mind  is the set of cognitive faculties
that enables consciousness, perception, thinking,  
judgement, and memory.
What of the people who cannot empathize with
other human beings?
Who is not in touch with perception?
Who seems to lack a consciousness?
Has poor judgement.
Little to no concept of memory.

What is Forensic Psychology?
•  is the application of clinical specialties as
well as research and experimentation in
other areas of psychology
(e.g., cognitive, social) to the legal arena.

Forensic Psychology
• Forensic Psychology is the intersection between psychology
and the justice system. It involves the understanding of
fundamental legal principles, particularly with regard to
expert witness testimony and the specific content area of
concern, as well as relevant jurisdictional considerations in
order to be able to interact appropriately with judges,
attorneys and other legal professionals. An important aspect
of forensic psychology is the ability to testify in court as an
expert witness, reformulating psychological findings into the
legal language of the courtroom, providing information to
legal personnel in a way that can be understood.

• Conduct scientific studies of behavior and brain
• Collect information through observations, interviews,
surveys, and other methods
• Research and identify behavioral or emotional patterns
• Test for patterns that will help them better understand
and predict behavior
• Use their knowledge to increase understanding among
individuals and groups

• Forensic Psychology requires a...

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