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Forensic Psychology: Part 2

Shannon Holleran, PhD.
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In this self-paced course, we will learn about topics in forensic psychology, specifically false confessions, intermittent explosive disorder, the dark triad of personality, and malingering.

Class Experience

US Grade 7 - 10
4 lessons//2 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
False Confessions
Why do people make false confessions? Learn about three different types of false confessions and how certain personality traits impact the probability of giving a false confession.
Lesson 2
Intermittent Explosive Disorder
How do psychologists diagnosis this disorder? How does this disorder relate to criminal behavior? Learners will create a case study demonstrating their knowledge of this disorder.
 Week 2
Lesson 3
The Dark Triad of Personality
Which personality characteristics make up the dark triad of personality? How do these traits relate to theft? I will post three fictional case studies. Learners will be asked to identify which personality trait is present in each case study.
Lesson 4
Let's learn about a case study where forensic psychologists argued about whether a defendant showed signs of malingering or organic brain disorder.
I have a PhD in psychology from the University of Arizona. I've taught college level psychology courses for ten years.
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I do not discuss graphic details of crimes in this class. 

In week 1, we will read a case study about someone accused of murder. However, the case study does not go into details about the crime. Instead, the case study focuses on the interrogation techniques police used in obtaining the confession and the psychology behind why these techniques might have caused the person to confess to this crime.

In week 2, we talk about the diagnostic criteria for intermittent explosive disorder (IED). We will also discuss research linking IED to criminal behavior. We do not discuss details of crimes, however, I will present categories of crimes (e.g. murder, assault) and the relationship to IED.

In week 3, we discuss three personality traits (Machiavellianism, narcissism, psychopathy). I will give sample items of how psychologists assess these traits.

In week 4, we cover a case study where someone pretended they couldn't remember committing a murder. We will not discuss the details of the crime. Instead, we will focus on how forensic psychologists evaluated the defendant.  
This material is covered in college level Introduction to Forensic Psychology courses. The information is derived from the textbook: Introduction to Forensic Psychology: Research and Applications by Curt Bartol and research journals in the field of forensic psychology.
Joined June, 2021
Teacher expertise and credentials
Doctoral Degree in Psychology
Welcome! I'm a social/personality psychologist. This means I look at how the people around us and our personality traits impact our thoughts, feelings, and behavior.

I'm passionate about making psychology relatable to everyday life. In my... 
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2 weeks of teacher support
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