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About this Course
About the Course
In this course, Professor Ciarán O’Keeffe (Buckinghamshire New University) walks through two vital parts of the legal system process – evidence collection and courtroom psychology. The first lecture discusses the range of biases that can arise in the collection and processing of forensic evidence. This leads into the second lecture’s focus on fingerprint analysis, as a deep dive into this type of forensic evidence. Lecture three moves on from forensic evidence and begins to explore techniques of jury persuasion, targeting three key models of persuasion. In lecture four, three defendant characteristics which can impact jury decisions of guilt or innocence are outlined: regional accents, race, and crime type. Lecture five continues this discussion, broadening to characteristics of gender, age, and attractiveness. In the final lecture, Professor O’Keeffe brings to light an issue which has been documented back to the mid nineteenth century, but presents itself as increasingly important in the modern age of internet access – pre-trial publicity.
About the Lecturer
Ciarán O’Keeffe is associate professor at Buckinghamshire New University. He specialises in both forensic and criminal psychology, as well as parapsychology (the study of mental phenomena which are inexplicable by conventional psychology). Professor O’Keeffe’s background is in investigative psychology and now teaches across a range of forensic and criminal psychology courses. He has made numerous television and radio appearances alongside an array of celebrities.