Research

Our areas of study primarily fall within the realm of forensic psychology, with particular areas of emphasis or focus on phenomenon related to credibility and deception, memory, trauma/PTSD/victimology, and psychopathy.

(1) Credibility and Deception: We are interested in procedures that are used for lie detection, particularly content-based means of analyzing false allegations of victimization or offences, and perceptions of credibility that we make with respect to other individuals (e.g., what makes a statement seem more credible or likely to have happened if someone is lying?). In addition, we will be working on research projects in the future utilizing the polygraph and studying various forms of lie detection tests.

(2) Memory: We have studied a variety of ways memory interacts with the law, and are interested in issues such as memory consistency, memory for traumatic events, how emotion influences memory and misinformation, schema-consistent & schema-inconsistent memory for crimes, weapon focus effect, and aspects of eyewitness memory. This area also overlaps with credibility assessment as the way someone recounts a memory for an experience (e.g., remembering a lot of bizarre details) can influence perceptions of how credible the witness is deemed.

(3) Trauma/PTSD/Victimology: We also are interested in the ways in which trauma-related disorders influence memory for such events and how individuals fake (malinger) psychological symptoms of trauma, as well as the role of Victim Impact Statements in courtroom decision-making.

(4) Psychopathy: We are interested in the way that psychopathic characteristics relate to emotional processing, memory and misinformation, and especially in how they are associated with deceptive behaviour and deception detection.

That being said, our interests in Forensic Psychology are broad and we engage in a variety of research topics!

 

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