This is one of the findings of a study by Dr David White and colleagues from the UNSW Australia published in the British Journal of Psychology. The study was supported by an Australian Research Council grants and funding from the Australian Passport Office. Dr White said: “In face-to-face encounters with unfamiliar people, it is often necessary to verify that we are who we … [Read more...] about Photo selection study reveals we don’t look like we think we look
Cognitive psychologists have conducted literally thousands of experiments examining factors that might affect the accuracy of eyewitness identifications. These experiments give us reason to be skeptical of a crime victim who points to the defendant in court and professes certainty. Even identifications that sound quite convincing can be mistaken. The human memory doesn’t act … [Read more...] about The Psychology of Eyewitness Identification
Philadelphia's SugarHouse Casino opened its doors in September 2010 after years of protests from community members who feared that the casino would lead to an increase in neighborhood crime. However, a new study by researchers at Drexel University and Temple University reveals that these concerns were unfounded. The study, which used geolocated crime data to examine changes … [Read more...] about Do urban casinos increase local crime?
Sons whose fathers have criminal records tend to have lower cognitive abilities than sons whose fathers have no criminal history, data from over 1 million Swedish men show. The research, conducted by scientists in Sweden and Finland, indicates that the link is not directly caused by fathers' behavior but is instead explained by genetic factors that are shared by father and … [Read more...] about Sons’ Intelligence linked to Fathers’ Criminal History
Look inside your kitchen cabinet and odds are you have a collection of old friends gazing back at you — the Quaker Oats man, the Sun-Maid girl, Aunt Jemima and maybe a Keebler elf or two. The reason they are there may have more do with your subconscious craving for eye contact than the taste of the products. In a study published last month in the journal Environment and … [Read more...] about Psst. Look Over Here