You are not currently logged in. Please create an account or log in to view the full course.

Forensic Psychology – Cognitive Explanations for Offending

 
  • Description

About this Course

About the Course

This course, by Professor Ciarán O’Keeffe (Buckinghamshire New University), explores cognitive explanations for offending. In the first module, we think about Eysenck’s criminal personality theory, which separates personality measures into three dimensions: extraversion and introversion (E), neuroticism and stability (N), and psychoticism (P). In the second module, we think about Kohlberg’s developmental theory of moral reasoning, with a particular focus on his preconventional stage. Next, we think about cognitive distortions beyond moral reasoning, including hostile attribution theory, minimalisation, and Crick & Dodge’s social information processing model. In the fourth and final module, we think about Sunderland’s 1939 differential association theory, its criticisms, and its influence on Bandura’s social learning theory.

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.

Get instant access to over 4,000 lectures