Assignment: Definition Of Forensic Psychology
1. Although the textbook uses a broad definition of forensic psychology applicable
to many topics, some psychologists define forensic psychology more narrowly, considering it a specialization of _____________ psychology.
2. What is an example of a clinical application of forensic psychology?
A. Specializing in eyewitness reliability
B. Child custody evaluation
C. Jury selection
D. Studying pretrial publicity effects
3. Given a narrow definition of forensic psychology, which of the following
would NOT be considered a part of forensic psychology?
B. Expert testimony on rape trauma syndrome
C. Expert testimony on eyewitness accuracy
D. Evaluation for child-custody determination
4. Which of the following is NOT given a special designation by the American Psychological Association (APA)?
A. Industrial psychology
B. School psychology
C. Clinical psychology
D. Counseling psychology
5. When was the first separate juvenile court established in the United States? A. 1785
6. Define psychopathy. How is it measured?
7 What are the activities of a trial consultant?
8. Describe some of the ethical issues facing a trial consultant.
9. Describe some potential conflicts between trial consultants and the attorneys they work with.
10. What ethical issues may arise for a forensic evaluator?
Who are the clienteles for the police psychologist?
11. What is the evidence that law-enforcement officers carry out race-based profiling?
12. Describe examples of types of police corruption.
13. What are the typical procedures used in selecting recruits for police training?
14. Is the interview a useful part of the process for selecting police recruits for training?
15. Describe and compare the two Hargrave and Hiatt (1987, 1989) studies on predicting officer trainee success.
16. What personality characteristics, identified by inventories, are detrimental to effective police performance?
How effective is criminal profiling?
17. Why is a psychological autopsy done?
18. Describe the U.S.S. Iowa case as an example of a psychological autopsy.
19 How is hypnosis used in criminal investigations? Is it effective? What are some dangers in its use?
20. Describe Martin Reiser’s position regarding the use of hypnosis in criminal investigations.
21. Describe the use of hypnosis with Kenneth Bianchi, the “Hillside Strangler.”
23. Competence to stand trial as a “sufficient present ability to consult with one’s
attorney with a reasonable degree of rational understanding, and a rational, as
well as a factual understanding of the proceedings” describes
A. Ford v. Wainwright
B. Dusky v. United States
C. Johnson v. Zerbst
D. Gideon v. Wainwright
24. In a study by Fulero and Finkel (1991), mock jurors read one of several
versions of a murder trial, with different testimony by expert witnesses.
Researchers found that
A. jurors who heard ultimate-opinion testimony were more likely to judge the defendant as not guilty by reason of insanity.
B. jurors who heard testimony on the defendant’s ability to understand the wrongfulness of the act were more likely to judge the defendant as not guilty by reason of insanity.
C. jurors who heard testimony on the defendant’s mental disorder were more likely to judge the defendant as not guilty by reason of insanity.
D. the type of information from the expert witnesses did not significantly affect the verdict of the mock jury.
25. Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber,
A. pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but was found guilty.