Influences in Forensic Psychology

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Crime has reared its ugly head from as early on as when Cain killed Abel. With the daunting task of understanding that of evil and antisocial actions for philosophers, while still others struggle with concerns to areas within criminal law and subsequent punishments (Bartol & Bartol, 2008). Psychology in the turn of the 1900’s was first to apply the concept of understanding criminal behaviors. Forensic psychology how now gained notoriety via TV shows such as Criminal Minds. Also, there are numerous College and University now offering psychology classes in which include coursework in forensic psychology as well as professional opportunities. Historical benchmarks within the field of forensic psychology could start with the a pioneer and sometimes referred to as the “founding father of forensic psychology” is German born Hugo Münsterberg in 1863 (Bartol & Bartol, 2008). In 1908, Münsterberg published “On the Witness Stand”, disputably a first in forensic psychology. The publication launched his career in Forensic Psychology, a Harvard professor of psychology (Bartol & Bartol, 2008). Hugo Münsterberg raised another issue with concerns to the why behind false confessions in 1908 as a very psychological question” (Hollin, p458, n d). With two different types of false confessions one of voluntary and the other coerced. Another influence within the field could be attributed to Martin Reiser in 1968, when hired as a full time police psychologist, the first within the field by the Los Angeles Police Department. Reiser was influential in establishing as a profession: police psychology. Police psychology consists of assisting in establishing an appropriate shift schedule for their employees. Psychological profiles of criminal offenders, i.e. serial murderers. A clear example was with concerns to the DC sniper although the profile was incorrect in some aspects contained within the report. One of the errors in the profile is that they listed the suspect as most...
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