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Forensic Psychology (Canadian) - 06 edition

Forensic Psychology (Canadian) (ISBN10: 0176414428; ISBN13: 9780176414429)
ISBN13: 978-0176414429
ISBN10: 0176414428

Summary: The First Canadian Edition of Forensic Psychology introduces students to the practice of forensic psychology by showing them how psychologists aid the legal system by serving as expert witnesses, criminal profilers, and forensic consultants. Authors Lawrence Wrightsman and Stephen Porter present the roles and responsibilities of forensic psychologists, and address both the opportunities and temptations inherent in those roles, focusing on the unique Canadian context. Th morerough this lens, the text explores the ethical issues facing practicing forensic psychologists, such as promising clients too much, the possibility of becoming advocates rather than objective scientists, and the pitfalls associated with substituting one's values for data.Streamlined to meet the needs of the Canadian marketplace, Wrightsman and Porter provide students with an accurate and candid picture of the field, and the range of careers in forensic psychology.


  • The authors adopt a broad definition of forensic psychology as any psychological research or application with relevance to the law.
  • Given Canadaâ??s reputation as a world leader in forensic psychology, the authors give major coverage to the types of research being conducted in Canadian universities and the types of applications occurring in our legal system (e.g., expert witnesses, correctional psychology).
  • Addresses all major areas of forensic psychology, exploring ethical responsibilities, police psychology, eyewitness testimony, deception detection, criminal behaviour and profiling, forensic interviewing, jury selection and decision-making, victim issues, criminal responsibility and competency to stand trial, and the future of forensic psychology.
  • Forensic Psychology contains a high level of scholarship combined with a consistent reliance on science and empirical evidence less

Edition/Copyright: 06
Cover: Hardback
Publisher: Nelson Thomson Learning
Year Published: 2006
International: No

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